Have you ever visited a foreign country where the primary language was different from your own? On a trip to Europe my family was privileged to take in 2016. I sure learned the value of a native tour guide on that tour when our family got separated from the group. A doula has training and experience in labor and birth, is prepared to act as a support person for you and your primary partner through the transition to parenthood, and will serve you both as an experienced tour guide would if you decided to visit a foreign country. What does it mean to have me as your doula? It means you have had the opportunity to prepare for your birth by asking questions, receiving solid resources to address those questions and practicing comfort measures. It means you have someone who knows you and your partner and is dedicated to being with you for your labor and birth. It means that you have people by your side for birth who fully understand your preferences because we’re going to be sure we are on the same page before your labor begins.
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1992)
DONA Birth Doula Training (2017)
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor (2017)
So, you’re pregnant, maybe for the first time. What do we adult humans tend to do when preparing for a new experience? Well, some of us read books, some talk to friends, and some turn to Google. None of those options is bad, but it might be hard to get the answers you need when you don’t know what questions to ask. That’s where a doula comes in. Now, I studied a little Greek in college, so I can confidently tell you that the word doula means “woman who serves.” And I love being a doula. What’s more, I would love to be your doula!!