Why A Doula?
Birthing a child is hard work. You were built to do it, and I am trained to support you. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to bring a baby into the world. A doula can be a critical part of the birth team, focusing solely on the needs of the laboring family. Think back to days of old when women gathered around during labor, providing physical support such as hot washcloths and gentle hands, guidance about positions and emotional signposts along the labor road, and the strength of their own labor experiences to encourage the birthing mother. Doulas fulfill this critical role in hospitals, birthing centers and at home.
As a mom of two, I know that the WAY a woman gives birth matters. Of course every mother wants a healthy baby, but when I was giving birth, the way that it happened mattered to me, as I know it does to you. It mattered to me that my birth team worked hard to ensure my birth plan wasn't written in vain, as I know it does to you. Do you want to give birth in a hospital? I've done that. Do you want to give birth at home? I've done that. Do you want to have an epidural? I've done that. Do you want to have an unmedicated birth? I've done that. Is your care provider saying you may be induced? I've done that. Are you worried about being "overdue"? I've done that. Is your partner very supportive? Great! I've worked with supportive partners. Are you a single mom? Great! I've worked with single moms. What matters to me is that you feel prepared, safe, informed, heard and cared for. That looks, sounds and feels different for every birthing family and I am really good at helping you figure out what it will look like, sound like and feel like for you.
What are my qualifications?
- Trained by DONA and Birth Arts International
- Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
- A mother who knows firsthand the benefits of a birth Doula
- A mother who struggled to breastfeed and with help met my breastfeeding goals
- A former educator and school leader
- Spanish speaker and world traveler
- Member of the Green Valley Doula Network
*Serving all of Central, MA and Western, MA including: Worcester, Leominster, Gardner, Athol, Northampton, Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield (and all the little towns in-between)
Want to know more? Read my first blogpost about why I became a doula and CLC.