If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birth
— Agnes Sallet von Tannenberg

I would be honored to be a part of your support team during the birth of your child! Here is a bit more about me, my thoughts on birth and what I offer: 

-an interview  Here is where you get to know a bit more about me and I get to know you. At the core of my being, I believe it is invaluable for you to connect and feel comfortable with the Doula you chose to be present at your birth. Maybe this means meeting 10 different doulas before you have that connection, maybe it means you only need to meet just one. This is your baby's birth and it is so important that you surround yourself with people you trust and have faith in. 

If you decide we are a great fit, then: 

-We book two prenatal appointments. I want to build on the connection we have.  I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable in my presence.  I don't want you to feel you have to birth in one way or another just for me. The more we spend time with each other, the easier this is for you. Remember DOULA is the Greek word for female servant. I am here to enhance and help you with your labor, not to make it more stressful.

-I provide information, handouts and suggested readings to build on your knowledge about pregnancy and labor. I also provide information about breastfeeding. 

-We go over alternative relief measures for comfort during labor.

-I am on call 24/7 from 38 weeks on, until the birth of your sweet babe. I also offer telephone support during pregnancy and pre-labor.

-Once active labor has started I am there for you. I will be a source of continuous emotional and physical support for you and your partner during labor and immediately following birth. 

-Photography documentation if so desired. 

Spontaneous labour in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal character.

The only thing required from the bystanders is that they show respect for this awe-inspiring process by complying with the first rule of medicine -Nil Nocere [Do no harm].
— Dutch Professor of Obstetrics, G. Kloosterman


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