Photo credit: Karen Fuller
Every birth is completely different and special in its own way. I am happy to support laboring people and their partners in the hospital, at the birth center, or at home. It is my job as a doula to observe and honor each remarkable birth. I can assist in different comfort measures, provide resources, clarify communication between patient and provider, and most importantly, encourage birthing people to trust in themselves. It is my desire that everyone who wants a doula can have access to one, and experience a sustaining guidance that will give them confidence in their bodies and their role as parents.
I had never heard of a doula before becoming pregnant with my first child at the age of 35. Someone suggested I hire one for my birth and I was incredibly grateful I listened to her. My doula was invaluable before, during, and after my birth. She was my guiding star during a long, difficult labor. She listened to me as I processed the birth story afterwards. She gently supported me as I transitioned to becoming a mother.
A good friend suggested that I might be well-suited for doula work myself because of my calm and compassionate nature. The idea thrilled me - I could not sleep the night after this suggestion entered my mind! The idea of helping other birthing persons pass through that magical threshold into parenthood was intoxicating.
After the birth of my three children, my fascination with everything birth related has only grown. Along with doula services, I have been trained as a birth educator and am in a mentorship program for new teachers with the Great Starts organization in Seattle. I can also offer private, individualized birth classes. I have a strong interest in birth photography and am happy to offer this additional service. And I am a volunteer doula with St. Joseph hospital in Tacoma.
It is my hope that my services will promote birthing people's sense of confidence and emotional well being going into birth and parenthood. I feel grateful to have experienced a doula in my own birth experience, and so grateful to now extend that service to other parents.
Photo credit: Lynn Hughes
DONA Birth Doula Workshop, Bastyr University, Seattle 2018
Breastfeeding for Doulas, Bastyr University, Seattle 2018
Rebozo training, Big Belly Services, Seattle 2019
TENS unit training, Big Belly Services, Seattle 2019
Welcoming Black and Native Families Into Your Practice, Bastyr University, Seattle 2019
Birth Educator Training, Great Starts Organization, Seattle 2019