It wasn’t until after the gentle birth of my first daughter that I found a passion I didn’t know existed; giving laboring women loving support and practical ways to make their labor more productive. I began my journey by joining Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s volunteer doula program in 2010 and loved helping families bring their little ones into the world. I then became a certified birth doula through DONA international in 2011. I believe birth is sacred and that each birth has its own rhythm. Moms truly find themselves in these laboring moments more capable and stronger than they ever imagined they could be. As a doula, I desire that each woman find this hidden strength. My mission is to educate and inspire moms and their partners that mom can birth her baby and even do it naturally. Your body knows how to birth your baby; you just have to learn how to let go and allow your body to labor by taking each contraction as if it were a wave, one at a time.
Through our prenatal meetings you will learn how breathing through a contraction can help to manage the discomfort of labor, different body positions to facilitate descent of baby and help mom be more comfortable, mental imagery for relaxation. You will also learn what to expect during each phase of labor, how breastfeeding works, and what you can expect postpartum. If you are willing to put in the time and do your “homework” you and your partner will be well prepared. While I cannot promise a pain free or complication free delivery, I will be there to encourage and support your choices.
The birth of your baby is amazing and unforgettable and I would be honored to share in the journey with you.
A doula is a labor coach for woman and the word originates from an Ancient Greek word meaning female servant or slave. A doula is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during and/or after childbirth as well as her partner and/or family by providing information, physical assistance, and most importantly emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labor by doulas, or nurses, family, or friends, is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits.
A Birth Doula
• Recognizes birth as an experience the mother will remember the rest of her life, a defining moment;
• Understands the physiology of the birthing process as well as the emotional needs of a woman in labor;
• Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth;
• Stays with the woman throughout the entire labor;
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision;
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers;
• Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience;
• Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level;
A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).
Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.
A Postpartum Doula
A postpartum doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials PCD(DONA).