Getting to Know Claudia

Claudia2What professional experience did you have prior to working at Minnesota Birth Center?
I worked in non-profit international education in Washington D.C., in correspondent mortgage operations at Wells Fargo, and as a pastry chef at a French bakery in Gainesville, FL.

What brought you to MBC?
I became interested in physiological birth after the birth of my daughter, Frieda, at MBC.  As a pregnant mama I consistently had 6 to 8 books about birth on my nightstand, and the more I learned the more I wanted to be involved with an organization that partners with women to facilitate natural childbirth.  I strongly believe in MBC’s model of women-centered care that focuses on educating and empowering women to make the best evidence based decisions for themselves and their families, and on top of that a center that extends this past just the medical side of birth to the financial and emotional side as well.  This is unique and very special!

Aaron and Claudia (1)

What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant mamas?
Seriously consider a doula!  They are there for you AND your partner and are so incredibly helpful.  If you want to meet a whole bunch of doulas and don’t have a lot of time go to a parent topic night at the Childbirth Collective, the first of each month is usually “All About Doulas”.

What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy cooking, particularly baking, reading, hiking, and knitting.  I used to run alot, and am really trying to get back into it.  If there are any Moms out there looking to start a running group in Minneapolis or St. Paul look me up!  I need motivation!

IMG_1544Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
My husband, Aaron, works in tax, is a highly skilled runner, by that I mean he is actually fast, and he’s a birder and loves to garden.  He has a native pollinator garden that is coming along quite nicely.  My daughter Frieda is 8 months old and is very busy.  She crawls all over the house, and loves to get into things that are “off limits”.  She can be quite mischievous.

 

What is the craziest thing you have done?
I was an extra in a foreign soap opera while traveling abroad.  I did it to make a little extra money and it ended up being quite an adventure!  It was filmed in the desert, and was set in the 1800’s, so we had to wear long black dresses and other clothes with tons of layers in the 95+ heat.  We had an absolute blast!

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