Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Curiel Bamford .
Diana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Long story long, I am Maternal Mental Health Advocate, Postpartum Energy Healer and Yoga Instructor based in San Diego, Ca.
I am a proud mother of 1 girl and 2 boys, happily married to a talented Luthier, Musician and patient loving husband. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), formerly known as Postpartum Depression, SURVIVOR!
My passion to empower other mOMs and break the stigma around Maternal Mental Health (MMH), arise from my own journey experiencing PMADs.
My Journey began November 2003 when my first son was 2 months old. I couldn’t place why I was feeling more depressed by the minute with anxiety rising, thoughts flaring and feeling like I didn’t fit in my own skin. Unaware, I was suffering from Postpartum Depression,OCD, PTSD, Anxiety and extremely overwhelmed.
Being Latina I kept quite about what I was feeling for a long time, due to the fear of being judge and the guilt that consumed me. Unfortunately the Latin culture taught me that if you are pregnant you should feel happy, if you have a baby, you should be happy. A baby is a blessing and any negative thought around baby will have a negative effect, so I suffered in silence.
The journey was long and the recovery was even longer.
In 2006, still not fully recovered from PPD, OCD and PTSD, I gave birth to my second son.
This time, aware of what to expect, I built a better force around me. While OCD and PTSD were no longer an issue, I was still suffering with PPD and high Anxiety.
I found my recovery process getting lighter this time by joining a postpartum support group here in San Diego . mOMmy and baby activities, during and after group helped, made me feel like I was not alone.
I was able to find my breath, my voice and a space to connect with my baby, which allowed me to feel grounded and no longer lost. This gave me a sense of empowerment that I was in control of my thoughts and feelings. The Journey was long in my case, but like the lotus, I grew through muddy waters and in the end I BLOOMED!
Five years ago I began searching for resources in San Diego County to support mOMs experiencing PMADs, only to find out how limited the resources were and how the Medical system still lacked knowledge on the topic. After having mindful conversations with my OBGYN, some professionals in the field and my prenatal students regarding Maternal Mental Health. I had the desire to start the conversation everyone was trying to avoid. I began offering Awareness Workshops PMAD’s explained in San Diego, building a community of knowledge, strength and support.
I also developed a Postpartum Support Class “Journey of the Lotus” from Seed to Blossom! A space where Postpartum mOMs and mOMs experiencing Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders can come and feel safe, supported, move, connect, ground and share their practice with baby.
My Dharma – Life purpose is to serve and empower all mOMs specially the ones experiencing PMADs. I have made it my mission to radiate awareness regarding Maternal Mental Health and the risk factors associated with. Focusing on the Hispanic culture, where this subject is something no one talks about.
Leaving my job as an Executive Assistant after almost 13 years in January 2019, has giving me the opportunity and flexibility to pursue my purpose.
I See You, I Feel You, I am with YOU, how can I best support YOU?!
* Diana is a Reiki Master
* Certified 200hr Yoga Instructor,. Modalities include: Prenatal, Postnatal, Yin, Gentle & Vinyasa.
* Certified Peer Support Specialist
* Member of The Postpartum Health Alliance and volunteer
* Reiki Volunteer at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, Ca.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Unfortunately the stigma, the guilt, judgement and shame around Maternal Mental Health still very much present. mOMs don’t feel comfortable enough to reach out, which makes it challenging for them to get the help they need in a timely matter.
Specially in the Hispanic communities. We don’t talk about Mental Health for the fear of being judged. It’s been difficult to find organizations who are open to talk about Maternal Mental Health.
I am in constant search for organizations in the Hispanic community to collaborate with and spread awareness and resources for mOMs in need and their Families.
I am really hopeful that through this platform, many San Diego mOMs will know that they are NOT alone! Resources and Support is available!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Most people know me for the Energy work I do and the work I do with mOMs near and far.
I’ve created a Postpartum Support Class “Journey of the Lotus” from Seed to Blossom!
A space where Postpartum mOMs and mOMs experiencing Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders can come and feel safe, supported, move, connect, ground and share their practice with baby. This 8 petal (part) support class takes mOM on a journey to a mindful recovery, each class is designed to explore the important matters of the path, providing tools and resources while building a blooming community.
Using powerful tools such as Peer Support, Breath-Mindfulness, mOMmy-Baby Yoga and Reiki, the path of recovery is much stronger. The Benefits are endless.
Up to 20 percent of all pregnant women and new mOMs will develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorders (PMADs) that requires treatment. These include postpartum depression or anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and (rarely) postpartum psychosis.
This Class is held every Tuesday at Balboa Park Park Blvd. and Presidents Way. From 11am-12:30pm ***Class Location will change beginning Tuesday December 2nd. Please visit website for new location***
As a Postpartum Energy Healer/Coach/Practitioner, I support mOMs using REIKI energy which is none invasive, it reduces stress, anxiety and tension, restores body and mind of Postnatal Depletion. It creates deep relaxation, calms the mind and balances emotions. It promotes better sleep, helps release toxins from the body and boosts energy while enhancing quality of life!
I also work with entrepreneurs one on one through all the layers of doubt and fear. Eliminating toxic patterns and subconscious blockages that impede them from feeling great and living the life they are meant to live. Creating space for conscious intentions providing a framework to set priorities. Using time wisely, and aligning them with energy, clarity, resources, tools in order to create their abundant reality.
The beauty of energy work is that it knows no space and time, it travels. Most of my clients are not in San Diego, Ca. I am able to serve and support clients from all over the world. Energy Healing and Coaching for all!
I love the work I do, the joy and the positive impact it makes in peoples lives!
*Reiki Energy is a none invasive practice.
What were you like growing up?
It’s funny you ask!
My mOM said my 1st word was NO! and both my Mom & Grandma said my 1st full sentence was ” Yo voy hacer lo que yo quiero hacer” which translates to: I am going to do what I want to do! so that sums it up.
No one can tame me!
I was a child with a mind of my own, always very stubborn, determined but creative and kind. I’ve always had a wild side, adventurous, and at times it got me in lots of trouble. I questioned everything and wanted answers that will satisfy my mind and heart. I loved to draw and paint, I would get lost in my drawings and made them come to life as I created stories around them, my dream was to become a Disney cartoonist. I had a big imagination! I was also very passionate about magic and I would pretend to be a white witch and make spells, mostly for my barbie dolls and the pets around the house.
Overall I consider my self very lucky! My childhood wasn’t “normal” But… being raised by a Single Strong mOM and a set of fantastic Grandparents with great values, shaped me into a pretty mindful kid!
- Journey of the Lotus Postpartum Support Class. Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm $11
- Reiki Energy Sessions 1 hour from $88 to $120 also Monthly Membership available. Investing price will change in 2020
- Energy and Spiritual 1:1 Coaching from $333 to $1,188 Investing price will change in 2020
- Oracle card reading sessions $22
- Payments options always available
- Website: www.thejourneyofthelotus.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/diana.curiel.bamford/