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. It has been proven that “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)
I believe that a woman has the right to her choice of birth, and that in most cases birth can and should be as a natural a process as possible. As a Doula, it is my role to 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.
Every person is different, has different needs, expectations, and wishes for what their birth should be like. 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.
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 can offer tools of that nature as well. I am an amateur photographer and have packages that include photography at births for those families who are interested. 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. I have spent years researching, educating myself, and participating in workshops and national conferences in the Babywearing field and can offer information and assistance after the birth on various types of baby carriers and how to safely choose them and use them. Once the family has developed their rhythm and time has passed, I can also help with parenting coaching and Peaceful Parenting methods and strategies. I vividly remembering having my son and at around 1 year, having to develop my own parenting style because I knew the way I was raised would not work for us. Reading “all the books” helped, but it wasn’t until I became actively involved in learning about Peaceful Parenting that I finally realized there was a better way, that I wasn’t crazy or alone in this journey of raising children consciously and with respect while keeping guidelines, boundaries and limitations.
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.
To get pricing information or more information on the services I offer, please visit the Doula Services page. You can also contact me directly at Martha@zenmamalove.com, or call me at (305)968-3735. 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.