We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelica Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It was almost seamless, not that it was easy but that I was called to running my own business. I’ve almost always worked for myself, even since I was a kid. I did babysitting in highschool, as well as nanny and doula work in undergrad and midwifery school. When it came time to decide to open my midwifery practice, it felt like the calling I couldn’t ignore.
Things I thought of :
1.My community and what it would mean to be a familiar face and safe space for my black and brown clients.
2. What would people think of me and would I be supported?
3.How would I make this financially sustainable for myself?
4. Where I wanted to set roots, as my business would grow there, I wanted a city that felt like home.
5. Trusting my purpose
6. Circling back to the impact I would have on the safety and well being of black mama’s and baby’s. This is truly what mattered to me when starting midwifery school
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Yes I’d love to! Birthing my business in the middle of a pandemic, in a city where I only knew my partner was a whirlwind. There were some major setbacks and huge personal growth that took place. I felt some major self doubt creep in- like what the heck was I thinking? Was my hearts work really meant to be so challenging? How the heck are you going to find and build community when everything is shut down? Two extremely hard parts were getting my business up and running when offices dedicated to do that were shutdown and putting myself out there so that the local birth community knew I existed.
I knew that it was necessary to keep going – that I started my midwifery journey with black and brown families healthy starts in mind. I think there is so much that can be said about the midwifery model and all that it has to offer. As for my business specifically, I just want people to know I’m here, truly here. What I mean is – often at the doctor your rushed in and out, your concerns disregarded, your never truly given all the information etc. When I’m with my clients I’m providing them respectable, evidence- based care. Every appointment we spend a minimum of 45 minutes together, doing vitals, providing an educational piece, reviewing upcoming labs, answering questions, being a listening ear. I think that by educating and empowering my clients, allowing them a place to feel heard and seen, its what promotes their healthy start.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my bestie were headed to Long Beach we would be eating at all the yummiest spots, having delicious cocktails and getting outside and moving our bodies as well.Food spots in no particular order la taqueria brand for tacos, side burns for burgers, little coyote for pizza. The Drinks: El Barrio Happy hour, trademark brewing for beers. The best part is the scenery and vibe in LB, we would be going to walk by the beach, kayaking in the Naples canals or just stroll a random event.I think long beach is filled with so many things you almost don’t need an itinerary, just need to hop on google and find out what funs occurring daily.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, this feels like an endless list of people, my parents, my partner, my friends. But a major shout out to my Aunt Cathy. She was some type of wonderful. The way she lived her life unapologetically, striving for greatness, opening her own physchology practice, traveling the world, living lavish, all while being the right balance of loving and I wont deal with your shit(nonsense) I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. She blessed me ten fold in ways I was never expecting, and made me promise her to follow my career dreams, if she was alive now I like to think she would be pretty proud.
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