From Maiden to Mother
serving birth outside of the system
What is a doula?
"The doula is calm and collected. She knows how to create a vibration of energy that brings peace to a room. She is loyal, trustworthy, and compassionate. She is wise, intuitive, and educated. She leads you back to your primal instincts.
The doula can also support the partner in supporting the laboring woman. Doula work is an invitation to support the entire family and deepen their relationship through the birthing process."
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Physical support from a doula gives the mother or birthing person a feeling of comfort and confidence. (i.e. massage, heat/cold compress, applying pressure, touch)
Emotional support allows the birthing person to feel empowered and gives her strength. (i.e. words of affirmation, meditations, comforting presence)
Informational support allows parents to feel a sense of control and understanding about what is happening. (i.e. breath or positioning techniques, pain management, birth knowledge)
Advocacy allows the family to feel supported in their ability to make decisions. (i.e. supporting birth plans, facilitating communication)
I am a student home birth midwife and practicing doula in the Temecula area. My experience in serving families began with a college major in early childhood education and intervention. I worked with children in preschool settings and special education classrooms as a teenager and young adult, which helped develop my intuitive and instinctual skills at a young age. Through a series of synchronistic events, I was eventually led to a path of spirituality, body awareness, intuitive healing, community building and holistic living- which are all aspects that show up in my supporting role as a birth worker.
I am a certified yoga instructor and Level 2 Reiki practitioner through Cloud Nine yoga schools, and I have taken trainings and gained experience in childbirth work through Birth Arts International, HERBAL Birthkeeping, Birthing Advocacy, and other various local providers in my area.
I currently serve as a midwife's assistant while I attend Indie Birth Midwifery School.
An All Inclusive Birth Experience- starting at $1200
My birth package is all inclusive - and our work together can begin in preconception up until right before you give birth!
I provide customizable support to help create a desired birth experience- as defined by the family. I believe all birthing people and partners should have the right to resources and knowledge about birth and the options that are available to them. Please ask about payment plans or sliding scale payments if needed.
We will have three meetings during your pregnancy to get to know each other, discuss all aspects of birth, and create your desired birth plan. I am also available to you during regular business hours to answer any questions or concerns that come up during your pregnancy. I provide 24 hour on-call support after 37 weeks.
On the day of your baby's birth, I provide hands on support for the entire family- based on your desired birth plan and the natural flow of your labor. Support may look like a safe space for everyone to process the experience, pain management techniques, encouragement, position strategies.
Your care will include up to two postpartum visits within the first 1-6 weeks of your baby's birth. I will bring postpartum gifts and we can discuss any spiritual, emotional, or physical discomforts that are arising. I can also address breastfeeding questions, and family support for integrating a new member.
"A huge thank you to my incredible doula who kept me feeling safe throughout my entire birth. Kristen encouraged me, and constantly reminded me how great I was doing, and even captured pictures from her phone." -Sammie
"You were able to ease my pain in ways I didn't know was possible. So grateful for you. Any mama would be so lucky to have your support. I can never thank you enough for your role in our amazing birth." -Jenny
"For real couldn't have done it without you... Thank you babe! Forever grateful for you."
"My wife and I want to personally thank Kristen for being an amazing doula and making this the best experience of our life." -Cody & Ar'es