Thanks so much for your interest!
I am a birth doula – my services are during pregnancy and the entire birth. I have been a doula since 2003 and have attended thousands of births. I am trained by ALACE. Some of the classes I have attended are Birth Arts International, Rebozo, Aromatherapy, CPR. Breastfeeding, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Hypnobabies, Acupressure, HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Bradley Method classes. I like to meet with my clients at least 3 times. I am also available to them 24 hours a day for telephone visits. Once they reach 37 weeks, I am on call 24 hours a day. During labor I join the family whenever they like (either at home, in hospital or birth center) and help them labor. I will stay with the family until they are settled and comfortably nursing or really as long as they need. I will do 1-3 follow up visits and they have access to my postpartum support group which meets 2-3 times a month.
I would like to tell you a little about my birthing philosophy. I hope to help all of my clients have their ideal birth, but birth is unpredictable, what may be ideal in planning may just not work when the time comes to have a baby. I am flexible and always think of options to help get my clients closest to their ideal birth. I do not judge their decisions, nor make them for them, but support her and her partner in the decision-making process.