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
As a graduate of nursing school, I have been given the distinct opportunity to see all spectrums of life, from a human's first gasp of air, to another's very last. Through these experiences, have learned how to cultivate the art and skill of caring, through listening, effective communication and the essential essence of touch. My health care background has given me the desire and tools needed to become a DONA certified doula. As a birth doula, my philosophy is that birth should be guided with positivity, and focused on a release of fear. This art of letting go allows a mother to be able to be in tune with her body by listening to her instinct. This ability to let go, for the passage of new life, gives the mom greater control of her birth experience.
Our body wisdom knows how to birth a baby. What is required of the woman who births naturally is for her to surrender to this body wisdom. You can't think your way through a birth and you can't fake it. — Leslie McIntyre
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 am a mom to two wonderful boys. I have a Master's of Science in Biology and a passion for children's yoga and mindfulness. My own two very different births motivated me to pursue doula work and it has been a unique, rewarding and fulfilling journey thus far. I welcome every opportunity to work with growing families and love the chance to empower couples to be their own best advocate. I am certified through ProDoula and fluent in Arabic.
Every baby has only one opportunity to be born. — Nancy Wainer
I fell in love with birth after my first time witnessing one as an intern at Family Health and Birth Center. Shortly after receiving a B.S. in Community Health 2013, I began my journey as a birth worker by attending a DONA Birth Doula training. Since then I have started work as a Program Coordinator for a program for teen parents, trained in Lamaze Childbirth Education, and attended births as a doula whenever I could. I am thrilled to make supporting women through this magical process a more regular part of my life. I believe that birth has the power to be beautiful, wondrous, and transformative. I am eager to help every woman I can achieve a birth that is all those things for her.