What Can A Doula Do?
A doula can:
What Can't A Doula Do?
A doula cannot:
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, parent, children, or just yourself! This is your birth, not ours and it will be given that respect.
Owner/Birth Keeper/Rogue Doula
Children: Three boys (ages 4, 7, & 12 years)
Births: Home, Water, 5-6.5 hours
Personal Experience: Painless, Painful, Back Labor, Posterior, Meconium, En Caul, prodromal, breech labor, silent labor, breech pregnancy, breech 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), 40+ births.
What makes me Fearless:
"I have been in situations that challenged my preconceived notions. My entire mindset was shifted by nightmare circumstances that I'd hoped to never witness... some I could never have even imagined. While these moments shattered me mentally and/or emotionally, I learned a critical lesson. Like a strong tree, we need growing emotions, like joy and gratitude, to produce leaves, blooms, and fruit, but we also benefit from those deepening, wintering emotions like sorrow, pain, and hardship to ground us and hold us firm against harsh conditions.
While birth is unequivocally beautiful to me, I also know ugly moments still exist and grow us in ways that can be hard to accept or recognize. The end result? is that we learn to phase through our fears. As I arrived on the other side of nightmare situations, I realized I no longer had anything to fear. As I continued on my journey, I let go of the concept of nightmares and expectation- what would happen, would happen and I would emerge on the other side, a new creature. Whatever was to happen, I already had nothing to fear.