After witnessing her first birth experience at age 12, Tenáj was captivated by the process. Invited by family to support the mothers during birth, being a doula was natural to her before she ever knew it existed as a profession. When introduced to doula work in 2015, Tenáj couldn’t see herself “working” as a doula. Even though she had been a “doula” in her rite her whole life. With a little persuasion and encouragement from a friend, she decided to take her first doula training and make her passion for birth her profession. A doula profession wasn’t exactly what she was introduced to until she retrained with ProDoula a year later. Since 2016, Tenaj has been certified as an Elite Labor and Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, and a Childbirth Educator. She has acquired supporting certifications (not provided by ProDoula) from other training organizations as well.
As the owner of Pasadena Doula Associates, a rising doula agency in Pasadena, California, she strives to continue to elevate the role of the professional doula. Aside from the work she provides for the families in her community, as an agency owner, she is proud to offer a living wage to the doulas who come on board to work with Pasadena Doula Associates.
Revolutionizing and elevating the doula profession is a mission that resonates with her. It also lends to Tenáj’s passion for how important the process of pregnancy and birth is to the person or people going through it; adding to the bigger picture: “Leaving birth better than we found it.”
Tenáj volunteers for a local women’s shelter where she is developing a workshop to empower these women to be able to advocate for themselves through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
She is married to her high school sweetheart and a homeschooling mom to three amazing human beings. She is a “wearer of many hats” and, while not perfectly balanced all the time, she is happy to know there is grace somewhere amidst all the things.
Tenáj is described as a leader and teacher by many. She enjoys listening and helping someone find the confidence in themselves they didn’t have initially. She has held many leadership positions within her community and has trained individuals to go on and have successful careers.
The most rewarding part of being a trainer is instilling strength, reducing fear, and encouraging her learners while contributing to the elevation of the doula profession that she holds so dear.