Local Profile | "4 Questions with Susan Inguaggiato"

Susan with her daughter Chiara
1. Where (and how) did you grow up?

I was born in Anaco, Venezuela in a small Medico center literally in the middle of the Central Venezuelan jungle! My father was a mud Engineer with Dresser-Magcobar and they were drilling there at the time. I grew up overseas most of my younger years, living in Lagos, Nigeria for three years then moving on to live in Copenhagen, Denmark and then Oslo, Norway and Stavanger, Norway.

I have two sisters, I’m the lucky middle child. We had a great time growing up, traveling the world! My parents always tried to introduce us to the local cultures wherever we were and enrolled us in the local schools so we could learn how the locals really lived. It was a great childhood. We moved to Corpus Christi when I was in Jr. High and graduated from Mary Carroll High School. I remember it being a bit of a culture shock, coming from Europe, but it was fun and I enjoyed school.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?

The First Home Birth Susan Attended
as a Student Midwife!
I believe my upbringing gave me a love of people and travel & food! I grew up seeing people who knew the strengths of their spirits and bodies and always believing they could accomplish whatever they put their minds to! My parents drilled that into our hearts and minds!

When I met my husband skydiving in Deland, Florida while going to the University of Central Florida, I knew we had a great life ahead of us! We literally “fell” in love! We opened Bellino’s Italian Restaurant 10 years ago and have a great time sharing his culture, and our love of food, wine and good times with our customers!

My newest adventure is studying as a Student Apprentice Midwife! I guess my upbringing overseas helped shape the idea that birth is a natural process, not a medical condition. In Europe, Midwives are usually the primary caregivers for healthy moms and babies. Both of our children were born at home right here in Rockport with the loving support of our Midwife, Beth Overton, CPM. Since then Beth Overton has opened the Corpus Christi Birth Center, the only Licensed Professional Birth Center in Corpus Christi, Texas and it is so exciting that families now have an alternative to having a hospital birth. The Birth Center offers Moms-to-be the opportunity to have a natural birth in a safe, comfortable environment. I love seeing women seeking natural birth and believing and trusting in their bodies to birth their babies in a gentle, loving way.

It may take me many years working on and off as I raise my family to reach my goal of becoming a Midwife, but along the way, I will support Midwifery and breastfeeding moms who choose to naturally birth and raise their children.

3. What brought you to Rockport-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)?

Believe it or not, a Sicilian brought me to live in Rockport! My husband, Francesco and I had recently moved to Corpus Christi from Oristano, Sardegna where he played professional basketball for the Italian Leagues. He retired from playing and we came to Corpus to be close to my parents since I had lived away for so long. One day we were having lunch at Charlotte Plummers and talking about moving to California. We were driving back to Corpus after a nice lunch and saw what is now Bellino’s Italian Restaurant, for rent. It had been a deli called Mobilicious and was empty and available. Francesco always dreamed of opening a small Trattoria and this place was so cute. So out of curiosity we stopped and called and before we knew it we were signing a lease! A year later we bought the building and land! We opened our doors June 2004 and the rest is history! We love Rockport, but it is very different from where I’ve lived previously! It is quiet, and quaint, and friendly and full of wonderful people! I’ve lived in many places in the world, from San Francisco, to New York City, but the 3 years prior to moving here, I lived in Italy with my husband and there are many differences from here! For one, you hardly ever see people out walking for pleasure, when my Mother-In-Law came to visit, she said, “Where are all the people?” I had to explain no one walks places here, it’s all too far apart and it’s hot. I miss the concept of the “center” of town & open markets, where all the people get out in the evenings and stroll the streets in the center of town, visiting and eating gelato ice cream and window shopping. In the heat of the day in Italy, the shops close and everyone eats and takes a nap! Naps are good! Wish we did that here too!

4. What are your passions?

I have many passions, my first passion is my family! My children, Alessandro 8 and Chiara 3 are our lives! My other passions include traveling, which we do whenever we can. Thankfully our kids love to travel too! I love to paint, to read, to be an advocate for women’s rights and to educate women of the choices they have when it comes to childbirth. I believe in helping women begin their journeys as mothers with a village of loving moms around them, encouraging and supporting them! Gentle loving parenting is the best thing we can do for our children, they are our future! I believe passionately in living a life of joy, harmony, health, & happiness! I wish it for all!

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