What is a Doula?
The word doula has ancient Greek roots, meaning “a woman who serves.” A doula does not take the place of a doctor or midwife, but rather provides additional emotional and physical support throughout the birth process. Often doctors and midwives must save their energy and time for the big event of birth. I arrive as soon as I can, usually once active labor is underway, and stay until breastfeeding has been established and you are ready for some quiet time with your new family. This is usually two hours or so after giving birth. I believe each pregnancy, birth, couple, and emerging family is completely unique and requires individualized care. Some of the services I may provide during your birth include reassurance as fears arise, massage/relaxation techniques, exploring different positions, breath awareness, rebozo techniques, help understanding options, and so much more.
A doula does not replace the birth partner, but rather supports both mother and partner, protecting the space for them to follow their own intuition and birth in awareness. This allows the birth partner to focus on mother, not needing to leave her side to get her food/water or to interact with the birth team. One of the most rewarding parts of being a doula has been gently guiding birth partners to stay present, strong, and loving for mamas when their own fears or concerns arise. Usually this is done with the most subtle of looks offering reassurance. Often birth partners put their own needs aside while caring for the mother. They need someone to help care for their needs as well.
I offer a one hour initial consultation at no charge to you. During this hour, we will uncover your unique needs together, the services and amount of care you will require, and discover if we are a good match for one another. Packages are customizable. For more information please reach out directly to schedule your initial consultation.