My job as a doula is to support you in having a satisfying, joyful birth – whatever that may look like for you. I’m here to help you learn about all of the great options available so that you can prepare for an experience that feels right.
I strongly believe in using the 9 months of pregnancy to prepare your body and mind for your ideal birth experience. There are many things you can do before labor begins to put yourself in the best position possible for a happy, satisfying birth. We’ll work together to get you to that place by putting together your labor “tool box:” tips, tricks, information, & physical exercises that are geared towards preparing you for a positive birth experience.
Partners: Doulas are great for you, too! I encourage & protect the connection between you and your laboring person. I keep track of the logistical details (laboring positions, making sure everyone is staying hydrated, eating, etc) so that the two of you can rock your birth together without worrying about the details.
If this is your first baby, we will also spend time in our prenatal appointments covering what happens after a newborn moves into your house: a general overview on new baby & new mama care, as well as recommended reading/resources to help those first few weeks pass smoothly.
For a great summary of the research on how doulas contribute to shorter, healthier births with better outcomes for both mamas and babies, check out this article on The Evidence for Doulas.