from maiden to mother
"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."
I provide customizable support for birthing families 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.
art by @ododua.aum
Facts About Doulas:
(from Evidenced Based Birth)
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, feeding, essential oils and herbs)
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)
We can begin our journey before you are even pregnant- I provide womb support and fertility resources for families who are ready to conceive. The process of calling in your baby can begin now.
Prenatal support can look like helping you create a birth plan that is in alignment with your desires, providing resources and education, and more.
On the day of your baby's birth, I provide hands on (or virtual) support for the entire family- based on your desired birth plan and the natural flow of your labor. I'm there with you every step of the way.
I'll be available to provide emotional support or additional resources during your ' fourth trimester'. I also offer a postpartum ceremony to close the womb & welcome baby earthside.
Also Known As Mama Mermaid
I am a birth worker, reproductive justice advocate, and a doula in birth and transitions throughout life. 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, social justice, and natural living- which are all aspects that show up in my supporting role as a doula.
I am a 200 hour RYT yoga teacher and Level 2 Reiki practitioner through Cloud Nine yoga schools, and I have taken trainings and gained experience in birth work through Birth Arts International and other various local providers in my area. Currently, I'm enrolled in a Full Spectrum doula training and Childbirth Educator's course through Birthing Advocacy- scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020.
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.
Non-medicated Hospital Birth
You found your calling. This is what you are meant to do. You were absolutely amazing with me. You were able to ease my pain in ways I didn't know was possible. So grateful for you. Any mama would be so blessed to have your support. I can never thank you enough for your role in our amazing birth.