Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Queer/Trans Affirming Care
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Fat Liberationist Framework
- Intersectionally Trauma + Consent Informed
- Healing-Centered + Person-Centered Care
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- Chronically Ill/Experiencing Chronic Pain
- Disabled Folks
Languages Services Offered In:
My Philosophy of Care
Everyone’s relationship with their body is different, especially after any experience that that puts emotional or physical trauma on the mind and body. My role as postpartum doula (as well as an abortion doula) is to approach processing of this physical or emotional trauma in a way that is client-centered. I ensure to follow my client’s lead on the ways that they want to process and be cared for and supported. With this, I work to uplift the voice of my client and to aid them in making informed decisions that allow them to feel autonomous, knowledgeable, and closer to a sense of dignity. A person/client-centered and healing-focused approach is one that takes a trauma-informed lens, but then centers the individual seeking care or support as the agent of their own well-being. I connect with this approach because I feel that it more holistically leaves room for the incorporation of culture, spirituality, individual autonomy, community action and collective healing. When providing doula care, I believe that this approach is essential to reclaiming one's relationship with their body (mentally + physically), to (re)building a sense of autonomy and identity, and to connecting with community.
About Me & My Practice
My name is Vic (she/her) and I’m a queer, Postpartum Doula and Abortion Doula living in Astoria, New York. After about 10 years of working in various care settings - working as an infant nanny, an educator, a sitter, a Planned Parenthood Clinic transporter, and as a Direct Support Professional - I decided to switch over into becoming a Postpartum + Abortion Doula. I strive to support birthing & non-birthing parents in providing nurturing + individualized care, that affirms their journey, their body and their experiences. I approach this work as someone who experiences chronic pain, does not live in a straight-sized body, and who experiences mental challenges associated with Depression, Anxiety, OCD and neurodivergence (ADHD). I am passionate about taking a multicultural, gender-inclusive, Health at Every Size Approach, and care about advocacy in these fields on a basis of genuine interest and a commitment to ongoing education. Learning about fat liberation and Health at Every Size® has not only informed the way I approach my work as a doula, but it has aided with my own ED recovery, has helped me to rebuild my own bodily autonomy, and has provided me lifesaving tools and community.
I am a gender/sexuality affirming practitioner who uses gender-neutral terms to describe bodies, processes and experiences as they relate to birth and parenthood. As I am a non-clinical provider who comes to the homes of my clients, I do not have any physical tools or equipment that is limiting physically. While I cannot communicate with ASL, I do ensure to accommodate patients that are deaf or hard of hearing by monitoring my lip movement, eye contact and volume. I also am happy to work with an interpreter or Video Relay Service (VRS) for remote consultations.