~A Fusion of Birth Stories, Tidbits for Doulas, Expectant Parent Resources and Writings about the Strength and Miracle of Women~
May 28, 2010
February 12, 2010
Check these girls out. They had a great time. It was another wonderful doula training with lots of tears and laughter and joy. Please join us for the next one on June 3-5, 2010. You'd be a great doula!
January 17, 2010
December 4, 2009
September 11, 2009
When I tell people what I do, some people still say, "You're a what?" But when I started, 14 years ago, almost no one knew what a doula was. In the years since, pregnancy magazines, birth books, blogs and doctors offices have touted doulas as the greatest new help for laboring mamas.
Birth doulas accompany women and their partners in labor, providing emotional support and physical comfort. They facilitate communication with caregivers to keep clients fully informed, provide reassurance and perspective and help with pain management, relaxation, positioning and other labor support techniques.
The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning "a woman who serves." Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with less complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals and a reduction in labor-enhancing drugs (Pitocin), forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. Doula care has also been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of postpartum depression.
I started on the path of childbirth professional in 1994 when I had my first baby. I had a very difficult yet empowering and ultimately very good experience because I had been so well educated by an amazing childbirth educator. Soon after, I myself became certified as a childbirth educator. I was thrilled to be working with pregnant women and two years later became a certified doula. I've since worked with hundreds of pregnant and birthing women and their partners. In 2002 I became an approved doula trainer with DONA International, and have been privileged to train many, many women in the art of "doula-ing."
As a doula, I typically do a prenatal visit with my client one to two months before her due date. Here we discuss what kind of birth she wants, what comfort measures she likes, how involved her partner wants to be and how I can facilitate that role, and many other things. I attend the entire labor and birth, beginning when she needs me, applying the tools and techniques mentioned above, and stay one to two hours postpartum to make sure she's comfortable and that breastfeeding is going well.
I always do free consultations so you can meet me, ask me questions, and decide if I'm the right fit for you. Please contact me if you're interested in a consultation or if you have any questions.
Blessings in Birth!
July 27, 2009
I got to speak at the Mom's Who Make It Conference the other day. It was WONDERFUL! If you're a mama, or a woman, you need to come next year. Check it out. It made the news, and although they didn't do it justice, you'll get an idea of what it was all about.
Peace and love, M
June 25, 2009
Speaking of women, you all need to go this conference. It is bound to be one of the best conferences for women this year! There will be several women speakers who have continued to be creative and stay true to themselves, despite the sometimes difficult years of selflessness that women give. Are you tired? Are you feeling uninspired? Do you want to be around other women who understand those feelings? Need a day to feel INSPIRED and REJUVENATED? Come join us!