Birth and Postpartum Doula, Educator, & Placenta Encapsulator
I am a Christian birth & postpartum support provider serving ALL families. I am the mother of 2 adult children, and have 23 years of experience as a doula and prenatal educator. I support all births attended by a provider, regardless of the birth plan; delivering at home, a birth center or hospital and including high risk and VBAC.
My intention as a birth doula is to help you experience your birth in a way that doesn’t feel like it is being done to you as a medical procedure. I do this by helping you to create a birth plan, teaching you how to advocate for yourself, and provide you with resources to prepare your body, mind and spirit for birth. This is a story that you will remember well and relive with every telling. It is important to me that your memories include feeling respected, considered and supported no matter how your baby decides to arrive. I walk by your side through your pregnancy, labor and birth as a tour guide to you and your partner praying for you, providing informational, physical and emotional support.
As a postpartum doula I help you adjust to the new family member in the household by teaching you how to pick up on your baby’s cues, follow their innate routine, and provide tips and tricks to make it all a little easier (feeding, sleeping, soothing techniques). I help you to find the places in your day for self-care (time for yourself, showers & naps); because I believe that by taking care of yourself, you are better able to respond instinctively, use patience and get creative, while giving yourselves and your baby the grace you all need in figuring things out.
Birth Doula: Unlimited text, phone, email support from time of hire, 2 prenatal visits to discuss birth plan and preferences, advocating, …Continuous informational, physical and emotional support during labor and birth, Techniques for optimal labor progression (rebozo, spinning babies, ...), Comfort measures (ie. TENS, massage, aromatherapy, ...), Help with latching your baby to the breast after birth, Birth photos and video (if possible and with my iPhone), 1 post-birth visit after the birth to discuss the birth story; as well as offer breastfeeding support and any postpartum tips for recovery, Resources and referrals to other professionals.
Postpartum Doula: Help with postpartum healing and recovery; Encouragement and coaching, Breastfeeding support, The Newborn's 4th Trimester care and education, Infant sleep & feeding support, Infant soothing techniques, Naps & overnight sleep recovery for parents, Between visits text/phone support, information, resources and referrals. I also help with errands, preparation of light meals and snacks, light baby related house-keeping and organization.
Prenatal and Postpartum Classes: Birth, Breastfeeding, Baby Care, Happiest Baby on the Block Sleep and Soothing
Placenta Encapsulation: Capsules, Placenta Print, Cord Keepsake
Bundled Services: $$Varied Options$$
Education, Training & Experience
Master's Degree, Counseling & Life Coaching (Liberty University)
Bachelor's Degree, Human Development (CSU San Marcos)
Trained Birth Doula (DONA, ALACE, UCLA Hearts & Hands)
Trained Postpartum Doula (Birth Arts International)