About me

Photo credit: Karen Fuller

My Philosophy

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.

My Training and Certifications
My Story

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 am a childbirth educator with the Parent Trust/Great Starts organization in Seattle. I have a passion for photography and will complete my birth photographer certification training with Birth Becomes You in the fall of 2020. I am happy to provide private childbirth education and photography services at an additional cost.

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

Birth Doula
  • Certification from PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support) - Seattle 2020

  • 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

  • Perinatal Loss, Perinatal Support Washington, 2020

  • Welcoming & Supporting LGBTQ+ Families Through the Perinatal Period & Lactation, Bastyr University, 2020

  • Spinning Babies, Seattle 2020

Childbirth Education

  • Certification from Parent Trust for Washington Children/Great Starts - Spring 2020

  • Childbirth Educator Training, Parent Trust for Washington Children/Great Starts Organization, Seattle 2019. 

  • Creative & Confident Virtual Teaching Workshops, August 2020

Birth Photography

  • The Essence of Birth, Birth Becomes You, 2020

Volunteer Service

  • Volunteer birth doula, St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, WA 2019-present
  • Nurture Seattle, parent mentor, 2020-present
  • ESL teacher & Vocational assistance, Vashon Resettlement Committee, Vashon Island, 2017-2018

© 2019 by Angela Hodge.

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