Doulas are wonderful people who have taken on the incredible and humbling duty of attending to women during labor. They get to know mothers during their pregnancy, assist during the birth, and provide resources in those first few days and weeks, but are friends for a lifetime!
What Can A Doula Do?
A doula can:
What Can't A Doula Do?
A doula cannot:
At Fearless Life, doulas attend to any mother in need, regardless of her choices for birth! We feel it to be entirely unethical and unprofessional to abandon a client and fully support a woman's right to choose where, how, and with whom she gives birth.
Doulas aren't just for natural or home births! We will come to your home, hospital, birth center, or even the wild to support you in labor. We will hold you during your epidural, massage your brow during transition, or update you during your cesarean section. We will be mindful of your triggers.
We will attend to you alongside your doctor, midwife, shaman, spouse, partner, mother, children, or just yourself! This is your birth, not ours and it will be given that respect.
"Just Call Me Nutmeg... 'cause I'm a nut!"
Children: Three boys (ages 1, 4, & 9 years)
Births: Home, Water, 5-6.5 hours
Variations: Painless, Painful, Back Labor, Posterior, Meconium, En Caul, prodromal, breech labor, silent labor.
Training: Bradley Method (former), Holistically Empowered Rebel Birthkeepers Academy of Learning [H.E.R.B.A.L.] (certifying), DONA Workshop (chose not to certify), 30+ births.
Experience: Medicated (planned & unplanned), Natural (planned), Home (assisted), Hospital, Freebirth, Prodromal, VBAC, HBAC, Gestational Diabetes, Big Baby, Malpresentation, Loss, home to hospital transfer birth, nuchal cord.
What makes me Fearless:
"I have been in so many situations that challenged my preconceived notions, were nightmare circumstances that I'd hoped to never have to witness, and/or shattered me emotionally. The hardest but most critical lesson I learned through these experiences is that life goes on and we learn how to evolve and adapt... as birthkeepers, as parents, as PEOPLE. Birth is unequivocally beautiful, but even in the ugly moments, the most beautiful part is the recovery... when the new parent(s) rise(s) like a Phoenix to become a new being entirely. The end result? We learn how to forget fear... at least for the moment. And if we can do it for a moment, I know we can do it for a lifetime."