During my pregnancies, not only was I moved by the miracle of a new
life forming within me, but also by the compassion and personal care I
found through my nurse-midwives. I learned the value of having
caregivers that listened, understood, encouraged, and reassured me
through the births of my four children. Offering this same kind
of support to friends at their births came naturally for me, and
developed into one of my passions over the years that followed.
It’s my privilege as a certified birth doula (Greek for “woman
who serves”) to offer educational, emotional, and hands-on support to
women and their birth partners during pregnancy, continuously
throughout labor, and in the precious first hours to weeks following
the birth of their baby. Because there is no “right way” to give
birth, I support every woman’s choice for the type of experience she
hopes to achieve, whether planning for a natural or medicated birth.
I’ve also learned the importance of offering additional sensitivity
and assistance for unexpected or planned cesarean births, as well as
for a VBAC.
As a certified Lamaze educator, my classes follow a philosophy
that instills confidence in women preparing to give birth and become
mothers—in partners learning ways to provide practical support through
the many twists and turns of labor—in preparing both for the
transition into life with a newborn. Participants learn about
medications and medical procedures, including the benefits and risks
of each, which will help them to make informed decisions. Extended
time is given to practice relaxation, breathing, comfort measures, and
ways to help labor progress—all are beneficial, even for those
planning on a medicated birth. I invite class members to lay down
their fears of the unknown and replace them with the understanding
that birth is a process to be trusted, and their bodies already know
just what to do. Childbirth education ought to be far more than an
academic exercise—it’s an amazing journey of discovery!
I understand the significance of childbirth in a
woman’s life, and I am privileged to help nurture and protect the
memory of her birth will all my heart and soul.
“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said,
“Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
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