As your doula, I will be a thoughtful, grounded, and experienced part of your birth team.
I have years of experience supporting families of many configurations, and I take the time to learn how you would like to be supported and cared for during your birth experience. 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 can help to create a relaxed, calm, safe 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 always 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 help them to be an active part of an informed decision making process. Many partners of birthing people 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, and Baystate Medical Center, 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.