My name is Francesca and I go by "Cheka", (pronounced checkuh). My pronouns are she/her.
In 2012 I was invited to support a friend for the birth of her first child. It was there that I was able to witness the power, beauty, and strength of a laboring person. My perception of birth changed from something to "get through" to an exhilarating and empowering experience. I found myself naturally jumping into a supportive role both physically and emotionally, and loved every second of it. As a social worker by trade, I have a passion for working intimately with families (of any configuration), and a knack for being calm, hands-on, and present. Supporting families through the wide range of emotions birth may bring is a natural extension of my skill and passion.