Supporting Women and Families through Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum
As a certified professional birth doula in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, I offer personalized prenatal, birthing and postpartum support. My goal is to give you and your family the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and labor process.
I received my training through toLabor which is an international doula training and certifying program. I received my certification through Childbirth Professionals International. I am completing my childbirth education certification through Childbirth International as well as completing my bereavement doula training through Still birthday.I am also an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. This fall (2020) I will be going back to school to become a LCPM (licensed certified professional midwife).
I have experience with vaginal and unmedicated birth, vaginal birth with an epidural, as well as birth by cesarean. I also have first hand personal experience with preemies and special needs babies in the NICU (I'm a momma of a 31-weeker with spina bifida and hydrocephalus).
I believe that a woman's body is designed to give birth and a woman has the right to choose which path to take on her birth journey - whether that is at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital - with interventions and medication, or without. Regardless of if this is your first birth or fifth, I am here to offer physical, emotional, and educational support with evidence-based practices and information so that you can make the best informed decisions for the health and well-being of you and your baby as you embark on this incredible journey called parenthood.
What is a Birth Doula?
As defined by toLabor, "The definition of a doula is commonly attributed to the Greek word that is defined as a slave or a servant. We prefer to use the Ethiopian definition of a dula which is a walking stick. We believe that the Ethiopian definition more correctly describes our perspective of the role of a doula. A doula is not there to do the birth, they are there to walk along with their laboring client, to provide emotional, physical and educational support, to be much like a walking stick, a supportive tool to help one stay on the path."
I believe pregnancy, birth, and the growth of a family is one of the most beautiful things about humanity. As a doula, it is my honor to help women and their partners make these experiences as positive and healthy as possible. And I am never surprised to see the research prove the positive impact a doula can have on the outcomes of the mother and baby.
We will begin our relationship with a meet and greet, and first decide if we are a good fit.
When you hire me as your doula I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family. In our prenatal visits, we will discuss your plans and expectations for birth, as well as your fears, and I will also share research based information so that you can make informed decisions during your pregnancy and birth. We will create a plan together for how I can specifically support you and your partner during labor and birth. I will be available throughout your labor to provide you with continuous emotional, physical, and educational support. And answer any questions you may have along the way.
You will get personal support throughout the entirety of your birthing journey. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and offer any support needed. I will be available by phone throughout early labor and will do my best to provide everything you need to make sure your experience is as calm and positive as possible. Then as labor progresses, I will meet you in your home, at the birthing center, or at the hospital and continue my physical, emotional, and educational support. This is when I get to remind you of what you already know. I will be with you throughout labor and birth and my services will continue into the immediate postpartum period.
Immediately after birth, I will be there for those first few hours to offer support for things like initial breastfeeding, skin to skin, etc. I will then visit you and the baby at home about two weeks after the birth. This will be a time for me to check in with you on how the transition is going with having a new baby at home. We can discuss any needs or concerns you have, and you will have an opportunity to share your birth story with me.