My name is Amicah T.M.James; I grew up on the Western side of the island! I’ve always considered having a privileged lifestyle until migrating to the U.S. Growing up in Grenada with three other sibling’s life was quite simple and we spent most of our school breaks traveling! Dad ensured we were self-sufficient and grounded while our mom ran a prominent business in St. George’s and St. Johns. I attended the Sunnyside Private School, St. Joseph’s Convent and then did some studies in Computer Programming and Desktop Publishing. Back then, I considered myself to be more of the artsy type and participated in art exhibitions and was also a Computer Graphic Artist.
Migrating to the U.S (oh boy what journey…. *ponders for a few seconds) – While in transit on a trip to the U.K, I decided to stop off in the U.S. before settling! There I met my children’s father and decided to stay (tough decision). You know that “puppy love” feeling, the only thing is you’re no longer a teenager? The U.S has never been the place I fancy to live. However, I decided to see where life was taking me! To date, I’ve been here roughly thirteen years, and it has definitely been a journey! For some time I held odd jobs then later settled as a nanny on Capitol Hill for a few years. After having my first son, it was quite a challenge juggling his needs and being able to provide financially and emotionally. Four years after my son’s birth my mom became ill and within about five days passed away! Bittersweet as that same year I gave birth to my second son. Guess life has a way of giving us what we really need at the right time!
With two sons and not much family around I experienced baby blues (anxiety, crying, insomnia, tiredness, moodiness, and sadness) however, I was determined not to slip into postpartum depression. I’ve always loved children yet, never understood the less exciting experiences associated with childbirth!
The truth is I am no stranger to hitting rock bottom in every sense. However, this particular experience was all new to me! Here I was with two boys that I was caring for and protecting by myself, and then it hit me, I am good at this, and for that reason, I decided to get back into childcare.
I buried myself in self-help books and meditation (Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Norman Vincent, Dauchsy). I journaled my goals. I desired to be able to have a flexible schedule for my boys as well as use my postpartum experiences to support and educated other women/families! Fast forward; I took the necessary programs to become a Childbirth Educator, Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula and is currently preparing for Fertility Counselor! I wanted to offer more by making provisions for other single moms, moms that desired the same flexibility while earning a reasonable income and from there Wise Owls Care was born!
I chose the name “Wise Owls” as owls are nocturnal and are emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. The presence of an owl announces change and transition. As a personal totem, an owl offers guidance and inspiration! My team members are Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Lactation Consultants, Perinatal / Prenatal Fitness Instructors and Newborn Care Specialists. We educate parents on experiences associated with childbirth, birthing plan and comfort measures during labor. As well as support moms with breastfeeding challenges, show them how to demonstrate acceptable newborn care and feeding techniques and provide general support.
I realized that moms/parents to be are not always provided with the proper information on the experiences associated with childbirth and postpartum, and I hope to take what I’ve learned back home to Grenada! My desire is also to provide services in the U.K soon and hopefully in other countries where families would appreciate the support!
I am available to answer any questions anyone may have about what I do.
Today, when I think about Grenada, I ponder on the simplicity of things! The fresh “green” air, the smell of the ocean, ahhhh, the intoxicating essence of cocoa! How can I forget the taste of fresh fruits, vegetables, and Saturday morning coconut water! Just waking up in the morning and sipping a cup of tea on the back veranda! Most of all being surrounded by family and childhood friends. Having that never ending support system when you need it! Visualizing that very thing that takes me home beckons to me!
My best advice to young people is, I know you’re trying to cross off your goals, and sometimes things just never seem to fall in place, you’re distracted and discouraged, every unpleasant situation was/is to benefit you! Trust the process once you know you are doing what you need to be doing to get where you desire!
I live by these word from my parents:
Dad – “even though there is a storm the rain eventually will stop falling, and the sun will come out.”
Mom – “Child just prays, keep praying.”
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