We had the good fortune of connecting with Eyla Cuenca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eyla, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business grew out of a need to connect women and couples to essential resources and education. There is such a deficit in our modern society when it comes to understanding conscious conception, birth, and healthcare. Not to mention comprehending and embodying our sovereignty while we move through these life experiences. I have the tools and experience to assist in bridging that gap. And here we are!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The arc of how I arrived at where I am today is not usual. My intention and life long dream was to become a Visual Anthropologist. To live a dedicated and nomadic lifestyle preserving the cultures and traditions of endangered communities. My primary areas of focus at Bennington College were Photography, Anthropology and Linguistics. I always found so much value in the authenticity and purity of customs and practices that had not been tainted by massive complexes like government, banks and the medical industry. As life (and ego) would have it, I worked for over a decade as a commercial photographer for various industries. Eventually I began photographing birth. It was very much the long awaited homecoming for me. From there I trained as a doula, then certified in many things: a Bradley Method birth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, Lactation Counselor and Reiki Healer. It was so much work, and so much learning. Synthesizing these practices and tools was beautiful and was ultimately how I began my business. I now meet women as a Holistic Birth Guide. A person can be anywhere on their journey, and I will offer guidance for them to uncover a well of empowerment. Whether considering conception in the future, already pregnant or navigating postpartum, there is an important and inspiring conversation to be had. As someone who advocates heavily for bodily sovereignty and medical freedom, what I offer is unique. My intention is always to illuminate that person’s path back to themselves. Typically after working together clients feel more self-referential and find true value in their own intuition. We breakdown the way in which we give away our power and redefine it. It’s an exciting process of self-discovery.
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 best friend was visiting we would first get rid of the jetlag! Eat breakfast (I make the best breakfast haha), stop at Imperial Moto Cafe in Little River for coffee, head to the nude beach at the north end of Haulover, eat lunch at Wabi Sabi on 79th, I’d insist she get a facial at Minimal Beauty in South Beach and then dinner at either Boia De or La Natural in Little River. The rest of the week would consist of biking Shark Valley, a cocktail and a game of pool at the Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City, walking Anhinga Trail, lunch at Morada Bay Cafe in Islamorada, stock up on locally made goods from MIMA market in Miami Shores, African Dance with my teacher Kukuwa over at Peacemaker Studio in South Miami, there is a really cute pop up at Nikki Beach called Margots, they have an incredible natural wine selection to enjoy while you watch the water. Winter in Miami is truly magic.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course my parents! They have supported every wacky idea and dream I’ve ever cooked up. Including the months I spent in rural Italy living on a farm where, as part of my anthropological studies, it was “essential” for me to understand the ancient process of producing Pecorino. Fortunately, in the work that I do it’s like I’m perpetually doing field work for a PhD. So I sincerely thank every woman who chooses to bring me on their journey. And it would be remiss not to thank the father of my daughter who did so much to support us during the time that I grew my business. When we are aligned with our work the universe offers us so much support because it wants us to succeed.