Waiting forty weeks to meet the small being growing inside you is no easy task.
It requires patience and hard work.
Not much different from the hours you will spend laboring to bring your child into this world
-more patience and hard work.
No matter your choices, or your circumstances, whether it be natural birth, epidural, or cesarean, I work with you, finding ways that can support and nurture you during your labor.
As Doula: I believe deeply in the powerful, transformative nature of birth. It is an intuitive and intense experience. Mamas-to-be often dive deep into the interior of their being during labor, needing the emotional and physical support of their birth team. I have trained as a Doula with some of the best Los Angeles has to offer: The Sanctuary in West Los Angeles and Art of Nursing Birth Center in Marina Del Ray, CA. Under the supervision of Midwives and Doulas I have found my own unique ways to offer support to the laboring mother. I also believe in continuing my own education as a doula and have attended workshops such as The Hormonal Physiology of Birth, From Womb to World, and a three day Birthing From Within worksop. I consider it an honor to not only celebrate the power of birth, but the wonderfully strong nature of our bodies -no matter what your labor looks like. As a mother of three, I know how important it is to be supported during your labor, and I look to be a supportive source of feminine strength.
“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 have 2 prenatal appointments and 2 postpartum visits.
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 37 weeks on, until the birth of your sweet babe. I also offer telephone/email/texting 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.
-AND of course, there is photography documentation
“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
As a Mama
As a mother, I have close to 15 years of experience of pregnancy, nursing and raising young children. As a woman, I have always believed that my calling was to support women, their pregnancy and the choices surrounding their birth.