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Community Highlights: Meet Naomi Soncag of Agape Doulas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Naomi Soncag.

Hi Naomi, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I first began an entrepreneurial career when I opened a contemporary art gallery in downtown Jacksonville in 2000.

After a couple of years, the building we were leasing got purchased by the Department of Transportation to build a parking garage for the new downtown branch library.

I helped run other businesses for a number of years, notably a franchised Teavana in Columbia, MD where I was trusted with day-to-day operations as a store manager. After subsequently marrying, having a baby, and going through a divorce, I found myself in retention banking for four years.

By 2014, I knew I wanted to own my own business, but didn’t know how to make it work as a single mom. As I worked in banking, I hungered for the Lord to show me where my next “assignment” would be. What did He want me to do?

After praying on it for over four months, the Lord showed me on Mother’s Day, 2019 what that would look like and I jumped in with two feet and a lot of faith! It’s been a wild ride since, being able to attend births, teach childbirth classes, help women with lactation, and teach an amazing girls’ workshop about cycle health and maintenance.

It’s all been so much fun!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think any entrepreneur has a smooth ride in the beginning. But all the experiences I’ve been through have molded me into the person God is calling me to be.

I’ve struggled with paying bills, remembering all the new things I’m learning, managing single mom-dom and home/unschooling, managing a calendar and staying on task, being on time, and driving the speed limit (LOL).

But seriously, it’s all refining me and my business like gold!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Hmm, before I started my training, I thought I would just be helping mothers breastfeed, but after I went through birth doula training, I started Agape Doulas LLC to help women have an amazing birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experience but it has really morphed into something so much bigger than that.

I’m dedicated to honoring girls and women as vessels of God’s awesome Spirit. I see my girl’s workshop, Maidens by His Design to be the foundation for all that. It’s really a wonderful class for girls to feel confident about their bodies and embrace how God created us, as women, who have the unique ability to carry life in our wombs and feed and nourish our babies from our own bodies.

It’s really quite incredible how God made us women. This class also helps bring mothers and daughters together and opens the door to conversations about sex, boys, drugs, and all kinds of other hot topics that mothers need to be talking to their daughters about before someone else does.

Doula and childbirth classes are no different. I help women embrace pregnancy and birth, instead of dreading and/or fearing it. We GET TO partner with God to bring life into the world. In addition, husbands are such a vital part of the birthing experience. It’s them that know their wives best, and can calm them down when it’s necessary.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I have lots of good childhood memories, but I guess the one that stands out to me is being able to roam the naval base with friends.

There was a certain trust you had when you lived on base, that bad thing wouldn’t happen. A bunch of us kids would play together and pop tar bubbles from a strip of tar that ran down the middle of the road on base.

There was rarely any traffic so it was totally safe to do and fun!

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