The word Doula comes from Greek origin, meaning “woman caregiver”. It has now evolved to mean one or more individuals, often female, who are experienced in childbirth and who provide psychological encouragement and physical assistance to the newly delivered mother and her family before, during and after childbirth.
“The use of a doula can shorten labor by 2 to 3 hours and significantly reduce complications and the use of cesarean sections. Also there is remarkable drop in the mother’s need for pain medication.” (Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 2012)
Having a baby is a whirlwind of emotions, feelings, and there are so many decisions to navigate. As a professional Doula, I provide a complete care package to make sure you can fully enjoy your whole birthing experience, from pregnancy, to birth and beyond. I strive to educate, empower, and support you and your partner through every part of your unique journey.
As a Doula, I believe that a woman has the right to her choice of birth, and that in most cases birth can be a natural process, not a medical event. As a Doula, I provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the mothers and their families, and to help guide them in their transition as “new” parents (whether they have children already or not). My training and certification is through CAPPA. I also have experience with Hypnobirthing, as I took the course and used it in my own birth. I find it to be a very handy tool in my “birth toolbox” of various methods I use to help clients during birth experience. I have experience with first time moms, repeat moms, C-sections, VBACS, multiples, even VBAC of multiples!
I offer unbiased support and am as comfortable helping a mom labor at home in a birthing tub as I am in a hospital. All births can be beautiful no matter what the setting. And I believe that because birth, most often, is a natural event, it can and should be experienced without fear.
I bring with me my experience in the field of healing and offer prenatal meetings and fear-release guided meditations. I have a background as an aromatherapist and use essential oils to help create your ideal birth environment.
I am birth photographer and have packages that include photography at births and for the first hours after to help document all those important “firsts” and to help process the birth afterwards. I am a Childbirth Educator and have come up with my own series & style which incorporates the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Once the family has developed their rhythm and time has passed, I can also help with parenting coaching using Peaceful Parenting, Conscious Discipline, along other methods and strategies.
Because of the struggles I faced as a pregnant/new mom, the hurdles I overcame and rose above, I am devoting my profession to helping Moms and their family members hopefully feel a little less lost or alone.
I offer a variety of packages and am flexible, fair and compassionate, and will work with you to help you find something that works for you.