Doula - A Greek word meaning "Woman's servant"
Throughout history, women have been surrounded and supported by other women while giving birth. In classic art depictions of birth, you will often see at least two other women surrounding the laboring woman. One woman is the midwife whose role is to provide safe passage for the baby. The other woman or women are by the mother’s side holding and comforting her.
A doula is like a trail guide. Familiar with the path, she keeps you hiking through the hard parts, knowing the view at the end is incredible.
Mother Strong Doula
Our doulas have been called to do this work for many different reasons. Our goal is to be by the woman’s side respecting her wishes, providing supportive, compassionate care in hopes that her birth experience may be fulfilling and empowering to her.
I am a wife, mother, sister, nurse and doula. My journey to doula work began with the birth of my oldest daughter in 1987. I was blessed to have a nurse support me during a long, hard labor. She instilled in me a trust in my body's ability to birth my baby. I have been attending women in labor as a DONA certified doula since 2002. I believe that birth is normal, natural and healthy. I believe that women are strong and that birth matters. I hope that my presence and assistance will help the mother achieve the goals she has set for herself.
Behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin. — Mitch Albom
I am the mother of three children, all of whom were born with the help of midwives. My journey to helping families during the process of pregnancy and childbirth began when I witnessed a home birth at age 16. Since then, I have had a growing desire and passion to support women and their families during this exciting, but often challenging time in their lives. While I believe that birth is a natural process, I realize that every woman's needs and desires for birth are different. I will support whatever birth preference my client has. I have received my training and certification through DONA and am committed to staying current in the pregnancy and birth fields adding to my skills to better serve my clients.
The natural process of birth sets the stage for parenting. Birth and parenting mirror each other. While it takes courage and strength to cope with labor and birth, it also takes courage and strength to parent a child. — Marcy White
I work with mothers in the perinatal period as a birth doula, bereavement doula, childbirth educator and newborn caregiver. In an effort to guide you through the transformational experience of birth, my aim is to give you and your partner one on one continuous support, love, honor, respect, and a calming, unwavering presence. I vow to bring you the best version of myself in your journey.
"Birth is when the past, the present and the future all meet together at once." -An Elder Midwife
As a mother of two grown boys and a grandmother I am now in my second career in a service-supporting role as a Postpartum Doula. My motivation to serve birth mothers stems from my own experiences after the birth of my sons many years ago. I also have a strong desire to be a part of the evolving efforts to lower the alarming rates of maternal health issues in the postpartum period. I want all new mothers to experience the fourth trimester with their baby as a time of healing and bonding. I strive to provide a nurturing environment with attention to the physical and emotional needs of the new mother that occurs during this time. I bring to this practice an ability to communicate with individuals requiring sign language.
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
My passion for birth and postpartum doula work started with the births of our 3
children and a wonderful postpartum doula who treated me like a queen after the births. She gave me tons of advice, made sure I was able to heal, rest and that I had bonding time with my baby. I used to work as a nurse and I had always been inspired by the power of women in labor and I fell in love with newborns.
I use my climb of the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2016 as a metaphor. When you start climbing a mountain, you prepare yourself, you train a lot beforehand, you buy what you need for your climb and you hope to have the right guides. I had them!
My guides were invaluable for my climb. They coached me, encouraged and supported me. They made sure I drank enough; they let me walk at my own pace. Yes, it was tough, it was a challenge, but it was also a beautiful, inspiring journey and I was not alone. My guides were always there for me. I made it! I did it!
I am looking forward to walking this path to motherhood with you, being your guide on your special journey.
"Birth may be a matter of a moment. But it is a unique one." -Frederick Leboyer