BIRTH SUPPORT

Seattle birth doula based out of Redmond, WA

How will she remember this?

–Penny Simkin

Delivering a baby is an empowering and life changing experience that you will always remember. It can also be an incredibly vulnerable one. Throughout history, birthing people have relied on dedicated support people (doulas) to accompany them through the intense and unpredictable journey of labor and delivery. Having a doula by your side can bolster your confidence, increase your chances of following your birth plan and improve your level of satisfaction with your birth experience. Specific benefits of labor support may include shorter labor, reduced use of pain medication, increased likelihood of vaginal birth and improved Apgar scores for baby. If you are looking for a doula in Seattle or it's suburbs, please reach out. I would love to talk with you and see if we're a good match!

 

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WHAT IS A DOULA?

Doulas are trained labor companions that provide continuous, non-medical, physical and emotional support and encouragement during labor and delivery. While a doula can’t speak for you, they can help you advocate for yourself and your desired birth plan. Unlike your partner, your medical provider, or the labor and delivery nurse, a doula is a unique complement to your birth team because she is the only person who can be focused solely on you and your needs and whose role is explicitly to help protect your memory of your child's birth.

Birth Doula in Seattle

ABOUT ME

I’m a DONA-trained birth doula and certified pre- and post-natal personal trainer with a special interest in core and pelvic health. I am currently certifying with PALS doulas, the oldest doula membership organization in the world. I am here to help you advocate for your ideal birth, support you with physical comfort measures and emotional support during labor, advise your partner on best ways to support you and provide guidance during your early postpartum experience. I am invested in YOUR birth and early postpartum experience.

 

I have no agenda. I will support births at a hospital, home or birth center, with an epidural or none. It’s your birth, your choice.

 

A few fun facts about me? I have given birth to two babies and I have three children (I am also a stepmom!). Until I gave birth to my first child a few years ago, I was a research scientist. The experience of being pregnant, delivering my daughter, and navigating my postpartum recovery inspired new passions in childbirth support and education, pelvic health and pre/postnatal fitness. When I am not nerding out about childbirth and pelvic health, I love to spend time with my family, run and swing kettlebells, explore local coffee shops and read.

Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.

- Ashley Booth Young

Are you interested in working with me?

 

The best way to find out if we’re a good fit is to schedule a time to talk. Please use my contact form to get in touch about scheduling a free meet-and-greet. I can’t wait to meet you!

PACKAGES

Birth Support Package - $1000

  • 1-2 prenatal visits to get to know one another and discuss birth preferences, pain coping strategies, comfort measures, physical birth preparation and discuss any questions or fears you might have. Visits will be held virtually via Zoom during the current coronavirus outbreak.

  • Email, text and phone support from time of hire

  • On call 37-42 weeks (but, if you deliver early, I'll still do my absolute best to be there or make sure you have a trusted back-up doula)

  • Continuous support during labor and delivery. Virtual birth support can be provided if you are either limited in the number of individuals that can accompany you to your birthing location or if you live outside of my in-person service area.

  • Optional use of TENS unit for pain management during labor

  • Photos during labor (optional, on your camera or mine), as long as it doesn't interfere with labor support 

  • Postpartum Visit. Visits will be held virtually via Zoom during the current coronavirus outbreak.

 

I serve the greater Seattle area (including, but not limited to, Capitol Hill, Greenwood, Greenlake, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Everett, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace) and Eastside communities (Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Duvall). Please inquire if I haven’t listed your city but you think we’d be a great fit.

Service area for virtual doula services: Everywhere!

 

Visit me on doulamatch.net to view my updated availability: Click here

Hospital Birth Seattle doula

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Cloth diapering education and assistance

  • Prenatal exercise consultation or birth preparation exercise session

  • Early postnatal pelvic floor & core recovery or exercise consultation

  • Postpartum recovery coaching or fitness training

If you are interested in additional services, please email for details!

Please send me an email by clicking here if you would like to set up a time to meet.

CHILDBIRTH & PARENTING RESOURCES

Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Check the C-section rates of local hospitals​: Keep in mind major hospitals (like UW Medicine or Swedish First Hill) which take a greater number of high risk pregnancies will naturally high a higher C-section rate.)

  • The VBAC Education Project

  • Irth at www.birthwithoutbias.com: Self described as "a "Yelp-like" review & rating platform for hospitals & physicians by and for Black women & birthing people of color. " App is in development and they are actively collecting stories. Visit link for more info.

  • Spinning Babies: Strategies to achieve optimal fetal positioning, comfort measures for pregnancy and labor, and body balancing techniques to promote an efficient labor and delivery

Postpartum and Parenting

  • Parent Trust Family Health Line: Contact live parenting coaches who are available to provide support to parents and caregivers within Washington State. They provide resources, referrals for parenting classes and community events. They're also available to provide a listening ear and help problem solve.

  • Postpartum Doula Finder (NAPS)

  • Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS): Peer-support groups for expectant parents and parents with newborns or  older babies (and even parents of teenagers). Groups meet all over the Puget Sound region.

  • Queer Early Parenting Support (QEPS): An LGBTQ+ centered, midwife-facilitated support group designed to create community and provide support to queer and trans parents. Hosted by West Seattle based Maia Midwifery & Fertility.

  • Om Mama Co: A parenting peer group that invites anticipating, expecting and new parents from all over the Seattle-Metro area to join in conversations, activities and education.

  • Core and Pelvic Health Resources for Seattle's Eastside Communities (on my blog)

  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy finders

  • Perinatal Mental Health Resources

  • Local (Mostly Eastside-based) Perinatal Pros (massage, lactation support, chiropractic etc.)

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RELEVANT TRAINING & CONTINUING EDUCATION

I am privileged to be a Seattle doula. My adopted hometown is a hotspot for the best in birth support and childbirth education. My doula training has been supported by education from some of the most talented birth professionals and educators in the field: 

  • TENS in the Toolbox (with Sharon Muza; 2020)

  • Continuing Education: Protect the Perineum (with Chantal Traub; 2020)

  • Advanced birth doula training: Doulas at a Distance (with Penny Simkin and Katie Rohs; 2020) 

  • Body Ready Method Certified Provider (One Strong Mama Prenatal, 2020)

  • Northwest Doula Conference (2019)

  • Advanced birth doula training: Rebozo Techniques (with Sharon Muza; 2019)

  • Passion for Birth Childbirth Educator Training (Lamaze Approved, taught by Sharon Muza; 2019)

  • Hypnobirthing, Mongan Method (Parent Class, 2019)

  • Spinning Babies workshop (with Gail Tully; 2018)

  • Bastyr University Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop (with Sharon Muza and Teri Shilling; 2017)

  • Pre/postnatal fitness  and pelvic health education: click here

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