How will she remember this?
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 doula support may include shorter labor, reduced use of pain medication, increased likelihood of vaginal birth and improved Apgar scores for baby.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
Doulas are trained labor companions that provide continuous, non-medical, physical and emotional support and encouragment during labor and delivery. While a doula can’t speak for you, a doula 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.
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!
Birth Support Package - $850
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.
Postpartum Visit. Visits will be held virtually via Zoom during the current coronavirus outbreak.
Service area for in-person support: My birth doula services are primarily focused North and East of Seattle (Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Everett, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace ) but as my schedule allows, I will serve births in the greater Seattle area. 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
Cloth diapering education and assistance
Prenatal exercise consultation or birth preparation exercise session
Early postnatal pelvic floor & core recovery or exercise consultation
Postpartum fitness program
If you are interested in additional services, please email for details!
RELEVANT TRAINING & CONTINUING EDUCATION
I love to learn and I am privileged to live and work near Seattle, 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:
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