We had the good fortune of connecting with Hirut Endris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hirut, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My own birth story led me to my work. I experienced a hard pregnancy and near miss birth, due to neglect and disrespect by the doctors and nurses who were meant to care for me. After I moved to Denver from London in 2019, I wanted to start my own healing journey from my traumatic birth and postpartum experience.
While on my healing journey I came across the Black Maternal Mortality Rate and I couldn’t believe the disturbing numbers and how many black lives were being lost in childbirth, many of which could have been prevented. The thought of possibly becoming a part of that statistic broke my heart and I really wanted to do something to help but I didn’t know what.
I read many different birth and postpartum stories and I noticed that most of the positive stories included a doula. At that time I had no idea what a doula was, so I started researching and it was then I found my calling in life. I wanted to support and prepare families, so that they wouldn’t have to experience what my family and I had endured.
After I took my Birth Doula training, my husband and I were trying to come up with a perfect name for my business. I wanted the name to include everyone from next generation parents to next generation children and myself as a next generation doula. So we came up with “Next Generation Doula Services”.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Next Generation Doula Services, I provide support to expecting families. This support can look a little different for everyone. I work with families to create a plan to achieve a healthy pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. I provide evidence-based resources so that families are able to make the right decisions for their care and achieve the birth they desire.
At the birth I focus on the families emotional, physical, spiritual well-being.
This includes keeping the birther hydrated and comfortable, supporting the birth partner so that they are able to take breaks and guiding families on how to apply the information we learn in preparation for the birth and make sure that the birth plan is respected and achieved to the best of our ability.
After the birth I provide immediate postpartum support for up to two hours.
Then we will have a postpartum visit at the birthers home where we debrief their birth experience or I stay with the baby so that the parents can take a well deserved break for up to two hours. For those that are interested I also teach infant massage techniques. 24/7 text/call support up to six weeks postpartum and a backup doula is provided in case of an emergency.
My growth is all thanks to my client’s wonderful feedbacks, and suggestions. When I first finished my training I was very nervous to attend births, but after seeing what the support looked like in real life and seeing and hearing how much families appreciated what I do for them made my heart so full and now I just love what I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I have only lived in Denver for just over two years of which 1 year of it was during Covid, you can imagine I don’t know many places but I am a foodie and so are my friends and family. I have my favorite Sushi spot called Osaka Sushi in Glendale that always brings me joy with every bite. I also enjoy Cherry Cricket for a burger and beer, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant for delicious Ethiopian food, and the Lowry Beer Garden for some finger food and beer.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank you for this opportunity, my thank you list is quite long but I will do my best to keep it short. I would like to thank my lovely husband and sister who have been so supportive and willing to learn alongside with me. A big thank you to Penny Lyon and Geneva Montano with Colorado Community Doulas, for being so welcoming to me when I was feeling lost in my birth work journey. If it wasn’t for these two women I wouldn’t be where I am today. Their training wasn’t only educational, it became part of my healing process.
To all my lovely clients who I respect and appreciate so much, I am honored to have been apart of your pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. Thank you for trusting me with the most intimate and vulnerable moments of your life.
Sydney Leach with Soulful Summit Doula who I love working with, thank you for nominating me for this interview.
Also Nicki Dunnavant, the founder of Colorado Volunteer Doulas. I have learned so much through volunteering with CVD not only at births but with the trainings Nicki organizes and provides to us.
Lastly I want to shout out to all the doulas that came before me, thank you for paving the way.
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