In my role as a Birth Doula I will work with you and your partner during labor to provide comfort, encourage progress, and give you the tools you need to make informed, confident decisions. I see the role of the partner as integral to the process of labor - someone who knows you and loves you deeply, and who's love can help raise those oxytocin levels to encourage a peaceful, gentle birth! I help the birth partner move into the role they are most comfortable with to help facilitate that connection and support.
My role prenatally is to provide information and referrals, assist with creating a birth plan, and help you process through questions or concerns regarding the upcoming labor, delivery, and postpartum. I will work with you to develop trust in your own body -- letting it do what it already knows how to do!
We will be in touch in the weeks and days prior to labor, and once labor begins I will come to you as soon as you need me. Physical support usually comes in the form of massage, positions, essential oils, acupressure, and use of a TENS unit. Sometimes, however, the greatest thing a doula can bring is emotional support. I'll bring information and encouragement, and will help you understand all your options. I'll support your decisions, and encouraging you to trust your instincts and your body. I'll do everything I can to facilitate peace and help create a safe place for you to bring your baby into the world.
Throughout labor I will continually assess the progress by how the mama sounds, looks, and feels, and will make recommendations of the positions needed based on what the labor patterns are saying. I'll work to anticipate next steps to help keep labor moving forward naturally.
There's a beautiful balance between finding comfort during labor and inviting progress. My goal is to help you find that balance - moving through each moment without fear.
I approach my work prayerfully, trusting God's wisdom, goodness, and accessibility in every situation, no matter the question. Every client I take is prayed for, and every labor is prayed through. Perhaps that's a bit unconventional, but it's part of what I bring to each birth.