Doula – woman who serves
I have to admit that my reasons for becoming a doula and birth worker stem back to my birth experience with my son, which was far from great. I suppose that every birth I attend I heal a bit more from the trauma, and I hope to help women avoid these kinds of births. I will never forget the love and steady presence of my doula. She was my anchor, my touchtone, my mother, my sister, my best friend, and all the women who came before me all in one beautiful human being, and I want to help women the way she helped me. She held the space for me during the most vulnerable moments of my life.
We remember the experience of birth for the rest of our life, and I want to help you so that you can tell a good story. I am passionate about changing the way we as women birth our children into this world. I am a holistic, full spectrum doula, so not only am I focused on the physical aspect of the childbearing year, but I care for and tend to the spirit and emotions of a woman. I would say I am fluent in this language.
I support women through abortions, birth, postpartum, miscarriage and stillbirth. I believe that women and mothers are the back bones of not only their families, but their communities as a whole, and the way they are treated and cared for during the childbearing year directly impacts their life for years to come. I bring tried and tested traditional practices, herbs, education and years of experience with me in my tool kit. I occupy of one of the oldest jobs on earth… women helping other women. That makes me proud.
Doula’s are professional trained labour companions that provide continuous emotional and physical support, as well as prenatal consultations, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding support, up to date information, and comfort measures.
Studies show that women who receive doula support are less likely to:
- have postpartum depression
- use any type of pain medication
- give birth by cesarean section
- be dissatisfied with or give a negative rating to their birth experience
- give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
Two different pregnancies and births have shaped me into a non-judgemental, open minded doula. I trained and certified with Doulas of North American (DONA), and have attended births in the hospital, the home, birth centres, as well as free births.
I work closely with other doula’s and always have a back up on hand if needed.
“Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers ~ strong, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength”
-Barbara Katz Rothman