My name is Sydney, and I’m a birth doula. I've been a doula since June of 2020, and work both privately and in a freestanding birth center. I love the outdoors, and you can often find me hiking, road biking, or rock climbing. I also play guitar, read birth books (and novels!), volunteer in the Rose Medical Center NICU, and am a high school student! As a doula, I aim to bring peace, knowledge, reassurance, and joy to everything that I do. I will support you in any choices that you make and be an affirming presence in the room. I help with position changes, counterpressure, massage, and breathing techniques, as well as teaching the partner how to assist! As a young doula, I aim to work mostly with young parents, and specialize in helping them navigate systems and advocate for the birth experience that they want. I also identify as part of the LGBTQ community, and love working with those clients as well. However, this being said, I've supported many types of family systems, and feel very comfortable with a diverse client population.
DONA Workshop Completion (Birth Doula Certification) (2020)
Breastfeeding Basics (2020)
Black Health Summit: Black Breastfeeding: Past, Present, and Future (2020)
Trauma-Informed Fundamentals (2020)
Working with Miscarriage and Stillbirth- A Doula's Guide (2020)
Understanding Systemic Racism in Maternity Care: The Voices of Black Researchers (2021)
Birth Matters Doula Training (2021)
Evidence Based Birth
I customize all of my services to meet the needs of my clients, as I recognize that different situations require different support. However, my basic care looks like: two prenatal visits, on-call care as of 38 weeks gestation, one postpartum visit, one month of postpartum availability. PRENATAL VISITS: Prenatal visits are our chance to connect and align goals before the baby comes. Depending on when you hire me, these meetings could happen anywhere from 25-38 weeks. If we connect early enough, there will usually be two meetings. During the meetings, we'll cover communication techniques, talk about birth preferences, refresh on childbirth education (if necessary), and make sure that everyone's on the same page. We'll also talk about your plan postpartum, as well as processing anything from the pregnancy. LABOR & BIRTH As your doula, I will start my "on-call" period at 38 weeks gestation. This means that I'll stay close to Denver, keep my phone ringer on, and check in with you every couple of days leading up to your birth. When I'm called, I'll meet you wherever you feel comfortable, either at your house or at your place of birth. During labor, I'll use techniques to help you cope with pain, as well as teaching your partner (if wanted). I'll also help you keep your peace of mind by making sure you feel heard and safe. After birth, I usually stay 1-2 hours before leaving you to bond with baby. POSTPARTUM I will visit you at least once during your postpartum period. We'll talk about and process your birth story, check in on how feeding baby is going, go over and talk about emotions after birth, and I'll bring you a meal. After this visit, I'll be available by text or call for one month if you need me.
Sydney, She was very supportive when I went into labor at 11:00 o'clock at night and through all my contractions on my way to hospital. She was amazing, helping me get through pain and go to bathroom, as well as putting a cold towel on my head. She also was giving my mom a break when I was in labor and getting water for her. I am so glad I chose her to be a part of my birth, I don't think I couldn't of done it without her! I didn't think I could do it natural, but Sydney helped me realize how strong I really was and that I didn't need any type of pain meds. Thank you so much Sydney, for all your help and support through my birth. You were amazing! Thank you, Areiana (first time mom) **Posted by Sydney as this review was given prior to the setup of this profile
- Sydney L.