Meet the Team!

Amber-lee Buendicho

Founder & Creator

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Founder & Creator of The Power of Birth and mother of two, after a wild ride into motherhood I am passionate about centering the mother in our culture and perinatal healthcare through smashing biases and tackling taboos around the female body and its power. 

While on maternity leave after experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum, physical birth trauma, postnatal anxiety, and rage my journey was not what I expected, and at times very challenging. I am loud about mother support and using available resources to help navigate and adjust to this new stage in life, all while loving yourself and embracing the rollercoaster ride, that is motherhood.

 

I am a Postpartum Support International volunteer and have graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences with Honours and plan on completing my Masters in 2023. I have also completed training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Matrescence Education and Guidance. I plan on continuing further training in the perinatal mental health field and becoming a registered psychologist and continue advocating for women's rights in the motherhood space.

Rigel Buendicho

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Podcast Editor & Content Creator

Rigel joined The Power of Birth team this year as a co-creator not only because of her impressive skills and initiative but also because of her passion for health promotion and her journey with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and is pursuing a second degree in Secondary Education. Rigel advocates for women's health and wellbeing and hopes to reduce stigma and shine a light on the expectations and realities of womanhood.

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How we started...

It all started with sharing your birth stories on social media which led to talking about mental health and the challenges in motherhood, a space that was used to elevate the voice of women who so needed to be heard. 

The Power of Birth is a safe place where women can share their stories, get vulnerable, start empowering and validating conversations and connect with each other. There is power in being vulnerable and compassionate and we love to see that power in action!

This platform was created to provide information, links, resources and products that can help you through this difficult but delicate stage in life. We are passionate about women seeking support in the more challenging times and believe that one size does not fit all. Reaching out to various different support groups, networks and using resources to help you find your feet and feel more like yourself is our hope for you!

At The Power of Birth we have created a podcast to start the conversation about taboo topics, gaps and biases in women's health and maternal health, but also to help empower and educate women by sharing different stories and perspectives and chatting to all kinds of experts. We also hold annual events to raise awareness and funds to show our support for important organisations that are pushing for change in this space and we hope you will come along!

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What started out as a hobby has become our passion. We’re proud to have created our community and thank you for your continued support. We hope to be continuing our work for years to come! Watch this space!

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you want to know more, the girls at The Nurtured Village Podcast interviewed us about our stories. Enjoy!

Amber-Lee EpisodeThe Nurtured Village Podcast
00:00 / 38:20
Arianna EpisodeThe Nurtured Village Podcast
00:00 / 37:11