Hey! I’m Maddi, the doula and textile artist behind West Domestic. I’m a cat lady, plant lover, reader, knitter, and overall homebody. I’m often asked how I got into both weaving and doula work, so here we go:
I began weaving in college—I needed one more class to complete my art degree, and I was familiar with crocheting and sewing so I thought I’d give it a shot. I was surprised by how quickly I fell for such an ancient craft. So in 2014 I started West Domestic with the idea to weave beautiful and useful woven heirlooms in my home for yours. The desire to make and to share your creations is something that's been passed down through many generations of Wests. The name is nod to my grandfather’s former business West Machine and my family’s spirit of endless creativity and hospitality.
As the oldest of four children (plus being one of dozens of cousins!), there was always a baby around to love on. I’ve been caring for children for as long as I can remember: babysitter, nanny, teacher’s aide, mother’s helper, tutor, you name it. Birth stories and pregnancy anecdotes have always fascinated me, but I didn’t want to be a doctor and I never considered that there was another way make this passion an occupation.
Fast forward to my mid-twenties, when it seemed the majority of my friends were having their first babies. What I heard over and over were things like, “I didn’t know that was going to happen,” “No one asked me, the doctor just did it,” “I didn't know I had options,” “Why doesn’t anyone talk about how hard this is? How lonely it can be?” It was worrying, and on top of that my eyes had been opened to the shameful state of the U.S.’s maternal healthcare. There had to be a better way to journey through labor, birth and new motherhood. Finally I discovered doulas! And I’ve never felt so sure that I found my calling.
West Domestic has always been about elevating the every day. Of course babies are born every day, but this is your baby! Let’s work together to create a joyful, empowered birth experience and a graceful, confident postpartum period.