A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Team Member

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our new Outreach & Marketing Coordinator, Amber Kozawick! Amber became a part of Ohana through the process of welcoming her own son into the world and has been serving as one of the Chairs of the Ohana Alumni Club since August 2014.  We are so excited for her to be coming on board in this new role.  Here are a few Q&A’s to get to know a little more about Amber.

Q: How would you describe your family?

My family is the best! My husband and I have a young son, born in April of 2014, as well as two fur-children: our dogs Shamus and Sasha. I do not have much family nearby, and prior to joining Ohana’s Mom & Baby Group, I didn’t have any friends in the area with babies. Much of my family is the extended family that I have found for myself- both through Ohana and through various support groups online. I love the family that I was born into, as well as the Ohana that I have created for myself.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your son?

 My son Michael is at such a fun age right now. He is just learning to walk and is so curious about everything, so my favorite thing to do is spend time with him watching him toddle, explore, and laugh. He finds so much joy in the littlest things — making noise, splashing in a bucket of water, flipping the page of a book, or watching his dog siblings play!

Q: What is your vision for your role at Ohana?

In my role as the Outreach & Marketing Coordinator for Ohana, I aspire to reach new parents and parents-to-be in the Chicago area and open their eyes to all of the roles Ohana can play in their lives. In a city with so many “transplants”,  many people are left without their families nearby during such a critical time in their lives. They need to know that there are resources nearby for them to find and create their own “ohana” during their childbirth and parenthood experiences.

Q: What was the best part of having a doula at your own birth?

When I reflect on my birth story, I can’t imagine it without our doulas. I wanted so badly to have a natural hospital birth. With so many possibilities as to how it would go, it was easy to be overwhelmed by the idea of it. By having a doula team at the birth, I felt comfortable knowing that my husband and I would have the resources and support we needed to make any decisions that would need to be made. The insight that they provided to my partner and I before, during, and after the birth of my son allowed me to have the best possible birth experience that I could envision for myself.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

In my limited free time, I try to find activities that fulfill my need to create. I will sew, create a new healing blend with my essential oils, or write a new entry for my blog. During certain seasons of my life, I will sometimes also practice yoga, dance, tai chi, or the Feldenkrais method. I can also often be found fiddling on one of my many social media accounts.

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