PCC Member Spotlight: Eunique Deeann
“MY GREATEST GIFT IS A MIRROR THAT REFLECTS THE HEALER WE EACH HOLD WITHIN OUR OWN SELF.”
CSWS: How did you get into this work? What drew you to Ayurveda and to postpartum care?
ED: Birthwork called me. I began exploring a self-lead practice with Ayurveda as a form of self care, healing, and realignment for healing my body-mind-soul through food, and slowly correcting ailments in my reproductive and digestive systems through intentional wellness practices, and combining ancient wisdoms learned from TCM and Ayurveda.
CSWS: What keeps you going in this work?
ED: It is my life's calling. I believe that we are all our own best healers and that we heal best in community. In order to expand, we must receive the education, support, and space + tools to heal. Within the reproductive journey, I am most passionate about guiding humans through transitions, reconnection to their body + identity, and long term postpartum care.
CSWS: How does your work impact your community? What resources do you enjoy/strive to provide for your community? How do you define your community?
ED: I am building a blueprint for accessible, inclusive, and autonomous Reproductive Health + Wellness that centers marginalized bodies + communities. I am leading a way of healing in our community that is accessible and that can be maintained over time. I enjoy creating self-paced content that teaches those in my community how to really identify, advocate, and accept support for their own needs through transitions. My community is a collective of individuals + families who are ready to take steps towards, into, and through their healing journey. I center marginalized communities, and serve all humans. My care is inclusive, accessible, individualized, autonomous, and intentionally slow. My best gift is mirroring healing in every detail as a way to lead my clients, colleagues, and community into spaces that feel empowered, supportive, expansive, and liberated.
CSWS: How do you work towards health equity? What do you think are the most important things caregivers can do to work towards health equity?
ED: All of my services are available on sliding scale. I operate in relational containers as way to allow long term care to expand and be accessed over a longer period of time. It's important that you continue to learn from educators with intersecting + diverse identities from varying walks in life. Who live all around the world. And who serve communities vastly different then your own. Listen, learn, move into action. Not every client or community is yours directly to serve, but you can center their needs in the ways you build your care practice as a solidarity to being the change you want to see move into action in this world. You can sponsor others in your local community or communities nearby who have access to those with varying needs - financially, as a mentor, and through sharing resources. There are many ways we can show up and move towards greater equity in this world. The best possible way is to center love, compassion, and connection. If we move with these, I feel that we are better able to release all the beliefs, actions, and systems that oppress any part of society and envision in action equitable change.
CSWS: Which Mother Principle(s) do you connect with most and why? What does that look like in your work? The Universal Mother Principles are simplicity, flexibility, intuition, compassion, non-judgment, listening, grounding, & regeneration.
ED: Flexibility in a foundation for me. I believe that it holds all the other principles in tender care. Each expand space for the others but I believe that if we are able to be first flexible, we are able to embody the others abundantly.
CSWS: Do you travel for work? If yes, how far? What do you enjoy about traveling for care work?
ED: Yes. I am available for hire anywhere in the world.
CSWS: What’s your favorite resource to share with postpartum families?
ED: Rooted Rituals is my favorite care practice to share with postpartum families. https://sacredwindowstudies.com/2020/10/19/creating-rooted-rituals-for-more-balanced-transitions/
My favorite expression of care and connection is preparing healing meals with love.
CSWS: Describe an inspiring caregiving moment.
ED: I journey through long term postpartum with clients, supporting them after the first 6 weeks (usually 6 months + beyond). I love this space within postpartum care because this is when most attention begins to dissolve. Partners return to work, life "should" return to "normal" and often, the birthing person is left alone to continue their healing and transition journey.
I appreciate being invited into this space because this is where the transformations truly begin. I have a client I am still working with who is approaching 1 year postpartum and our exchange is reciprocal, familial, and respectful. I am able to mirror spaces their ready to walk into and witness their evolution along the way. Being a constant that understands the longevity of the process who can hold space, lean in, listen, and provide tools for connection, healing, and care has supported their wellness in every single way and has gifted me depth, knowledge, and affirmation that this is where I am meant to be.
CSWS: What’s your biggest challenge as a caregiver and what would help create more support around any challenges you experience as a caregiver?
ED: Caregiving is often a reactive response to trauma as a way to try to prevent. I'd like to continue expanding possibilities to move us as a whole society toward action-forward and preventative care. Working more communally and decentering toxic individuality, especially in spaces of transition and healing, will only move us forward.
CSWS: What’s your favorite postpartum recipe?
ED: The C-Recovery Stew from the First 42 Days is a good go to. It's so delicious and nourishing and has been enjoyed by every client and family member of theirs.
CSWS: What’s your favorite bodywork technique?
ED: A combination of hands on Reiki and gentle Abayanga
CSWS: What do you see as the greatest need in the sacred window?
ED: The greatest need in the sacred window is space for rest and support to allow rest.
CSWS: What’s your vision for the future?
ED: That we will live more collaboratively and communally in every single way.
CSWS: If you are a Sacred Window Community Holder, what drew you to this position and what is your intention for this role?
ED: The Center for Sacred Window Studies has been a foundational education and community in my birthwork journey. As a SWCH, I am holding visions for greater possibilities with community and looking forward to continuing expanding collaborative care, education, and tools / spaces for healing with this community.