In 2016 I had the treat of witnessing my nephew's birth on my very own birthday. I will never forget the crown of braided hair my sister wore as she moaned deeply while swaying on a birthing ball in the quiet of a hospital room. I remember feeling enamored by the similarity of yoga and labor: the breathing techniques, the physical exertion, the intense focus, the intrinsic nature of movement. There was a moment while watching her birth team where I saw myself, deeply sensitive and compassionate, in their shoes and knew I had a place in the growing world of Doula work. I am now certified through DONA to support families on their way to (and through) a healthy birth.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
WE RECOGNIZE BIRTH AS A SACRED LIFE EXPERIENCE THAT THE BIRTHING PERSON WILL REMEMBER ALL THEIR LIFE.
WE UNDERSTAND THE PHYSIOLOGY OF BIRTH AND, MORE SO, THE EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF A PERSON IN LABOR.
WE FACILITATE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE LABORING PERSON, THEIR PARTNER, AND CLINICAL CARE PROVIDERS.
WE PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, PHYSICAL COMFORT MEASURES, AN OBJECTIVE VIEWPOINT, AND ASSISTANCE TO THE BIRTHING PERSON IN DECISION MAKING.
WE WORK TO NURTURE AND PROTECT THE BIRTHING PERSON’S MEMORY OF THEIR BIRTH EXPERIENCE.
WE OFFER UNINTERRUPTED PRESENCE AND ATTEND AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE BIRTHING PERSON’S BIRTH PREFERENCE.
I have (through the thick of trial and error) learned the value of consent and choice. This led to that and I established a deep sort of inner trust which allowed me to use my voice. I've learned to stand my sacred ground and work actively toward the lifestyle I prefer even when external stimuli suggest a more traditional route. I get a little weepy as I play connect-the-dot with my life to that of a Doula. She is an advocate for choice and consent. Her role is to encourage a birthing person’s wildish instinct rise up and run the show. She is there to prompt the laboring person use their voice and express preference. She is a blanket of presence allowing the birthing person to stand their sacred ground amongst the hustle of cultural norm.
I have completed the When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women course and have the training through Kristi Ridd-Young to support survivors through their birthing journey. Through my training I have learned to:
Recognize the psychological and physical disorders frequently seen in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
List common life events that trigger memories of childhood sexual abuse
Name specific behaviors in a pregnant or laboring client that may be associated with a history of sexual abuse
Develop skills that foster communication with clients dealing with difficult situations
Describe specific strategies that can be used to help the survivor cope with physical symptoms, flashbacks, fears, and body memories
I take this work very seriously as I have personally touched sexual trauma and know the deep sensitivity that comes with healing. The process is a bit more intricate as I really (at your consent) like to spend time understanding the extent of abuse, with that knowledge we take it and create a beautiful plan to cope with whatever may arise as you, not only birth your new child, but truly give birth to your radiant self.
Private Prenatal Yoga | $60.00/HR | Package Deal (5 sessions at an hour long each) $240.00
Prenatal Yoga is a great way to build strength and stamina, connect with your baby, tone the pelvic floor, improve circulation, calm the nervous system, relieve muscular tension, prepare for labor and delivery, and improve sleep. I will come to your home to guide you through this practice. After each session I will send a follow up email with instruction on how to perform these exercises and movements on your own or with the support of a partner. My hope is to give you the tools you need to sustain a practice throughout the entirety of your pregnancy, tools that will support your laboring body.
Herbal Support | $60.00 base fee to cover expense of herbs and packaging | $10.00 for every hour it takes to create your herbal care package
I am happy, happy, happy to procure medicinal teas, oils, and salves to support your pregnancy full term (prenatal, labor/deliver, postpartum). I have studied the Science and Art of Herbalism under Rosemary Gladstar and have continued my own self study in the realms of the childbearing years. I believe that plants are a beautiful ally to any body’s journey through the birthing experience.
I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose or even prescribe anything of medicinal value. These care packages are mere suggestions and recommendations for a healthy and able birthing body. I will not be held responsible for any allergic reaction or ailment that might follow consumption or use of these teas, oils, and salves.
Blessingway Ceremony | $250.00 to cover expense of invitations, décor, and time it took me to prepare and run this unique ritual
While not intended to cure illness, a Blessingway is a highly spiritual and private ceremony designed to avert misfortune, protect the home and even bless a pregnancy. A modern Blessingway has become a popular alternative to the traditional baby shower, that prepares the birthing person for transition to parenthood, rather than focusing on gifts for the baby. You and I will sit down and discuss the details of a Blessingway, create an invitation list, a date, time, and place to celebrate, and a possible food list. I will take it from there and send invitations, buy décor, and, on the day of the ceremony, decorate. Hosting this ritual as your Doula is something I really, really value. I believe the transition into parenthood should be held close and honored. My hope is that you leave this event feeling supported and able to move gracefully into labor and delivery.