We had the good fortune of connecting with Diamond Evita and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diamond, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Since one of my core tenets with Emira’s Mamas is self-care, my work-life balance is fluid. Sometimes my family and/or I have a lot of juggle, so I have decide which areas are most important to maintain. I always remind myself that I want to support maternal health for the long haul, so there’s no need to burn myself out or move without intention. That balance will reflect what my community needs at the time, since providing support is not always about the physical product. Over time, I’ve learned that community care plays a big part in work-life balance. I don’t know that we were designed to do it all. Having a community that can help pitch in with engagement, household management, or just with finding space for quality time makes all a difference. It makes me even more motivated to provide that community care to others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Creating self-care packages for new parents has truly inspired my career. I initially started as an occupational therapist, and now have sought trainings in birthwork, breastfeeding/lactation, and postpartum mental health.
It hasn’t been an easy route, since it is an emerging area of practice in occupational therapy. However, I know that looking a maternal health and lactation disparities, we need all hands on deck. The birth and baby system won’t change unless we all do our part. Between prenatal and postpartum care, lack of maternity leave, and lack of resources, we have to do better by our parents. Even though I am proud to have my clinical doctorate, I am most excited to have more tools to really see postpartum families as a whole.
If you’re a new parent, you have a lot on your plate. You are not alone. You are not weak. If you are struggling, it is ok to get help. We all need it sometimes, especially if we’re taking care of a whole human being. With Emira’s Mamas, I am so grateful to do my part and be a part of that change.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium where a “Sips Under the Sea” would be hopefully conventionally be happening that weekend! For tasty food spend some time at Ike’s Cafe & Grill in Norcross.
And every time I visit Atlanta, I love to spend time at Ponce City Market; whether it is in the food hall, the roof, or on the trail.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so grateful for the group Black Girl Ventures. Being a member of their facebook group has provided me with inspiration, knowledge, community, and access; which are all areas that are not always easily available as a black novice entrepreneur.
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