As your doula, I will be a thoughtful and experienced part of your birth team.
I have years of experience supporting families as they have positive, empowering birth experiences, and I take the time to learn how you would like to be supported and cared for during your birth. I have extensive knowledge of the emotional, physical, and spiritual stages of labor, and I also honor that the story of your conception, pregnancy, and birth is uniquely your own.
I provide emotional support and encouragement. The complex interplay of hormones during labor is strongly affected by the birthing parent’s emotional state. I help to create a calm, relaxed environment in which hormones can flow in a pleasant and undisturbed manner.
I support informed decision making. Parents have many choices during labor and birth, and I strive to empower your relationship with your care provider so that you are an active participant in making choices regarding your care. I provide informational resources, remind you of your options, and support you in making choices that feel right for you.
My support is for the birthing parent and partners too. I provide emotional support for partners, suggest ways that they can support the labor and birth, and encourage them to be an active part of an informed decision making process. Many non-birthing parents have later told me that they felt that my support enabled them to relax and provide support at their comfort level, without pressure to be an “expert”. The support that I provide as a birth doula will never make your partner’s support feel less important or integral to your birth experience.
My support is for all births, no matter how they unfold. I have no agenda for your labor and birth, except for the desire for you to feel supported and cared for.
I attend births at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Berkshire Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and homebirths within 45 minutes of Northampton. I am sometimes available to provide doula support to families in Southern Vermont and Northern Connecticut.
Curious about my experience? I provide compassionate, thoughtful, trauma-informed care to all parents. If you would like to learn more about how I have supported families through VBAC, unmedicated birth, epidural supported labor, surrogacy, hypnosis for birth, vaginal and cesarean births of twins, parenting after loss or infertility, or a vision for birth that is similar to your own, be in touch. Curious about what doula support looks like for birthing and postpartum parents? Explore my Families Share:Testimonials.