The birth of my daughter catapulted my passion for supporting women in their journey of motherhood.
Pregnancy, childbirth. and navigating the waters of being a brand new mom were blissfully hard. My birth experience did not go as planned, but I was heard and respected by both my husband and midwives. There was just one element missing and that was a doula. A doula would have gently guided me through the unexpected while giving my husband the space to support me with comfort and love. This is why I am here.
I am deeply invested in the care for women and their families as they navigate childbirth and beyond. Being there for you in this monumental life experience is an honor and one of my life's greatest joys.
HOW I DOULA
YOU WILL BE KNOWN. Mama, there is a lot of advice out there, right? But it is only you who knows what is best for you and your baby. It is you who knows in your gut what kind of birth you desire, and I will serve you in that choice.
PARTNER SUPPORT. One of my biggest goals is to coach your partner in comfort measures, both prenatally and in the midst of the big day! I want your partner to be the hero. My favorite tool is Oxytocin (the love drug), and I will do the grunt work so that they can give you as much of their emotional attention as possible.
A DOULA IS FOR EVERYONE. No matter what your birth plan entails, whether that be unmedicated, medicated, induction, caesarean; a doula is right for you. There are comfort measures that are used in every birth and other comfort measures that are unique to every choice. You will to be heard and cared for in every circumstance.
YOUR BIRTH EXPERIENCE IS UNIQUE. And it is of utmost importance to me! Let's make sure your plans and preferences are on paper, but that ultimately it is you feeling heard and respected, comforted and tended to that will result in a positive birth story for you. Plans can change and preferences can be squashed but you WILL be loved and supported along the way.
HANDS ON. I stay active during your labor. Comfort measures are our best friend, and I am trained in various techniques so that we can keep you as comfortable as possible while things progress. I'm always going to be on the lookout for something in the moment that can support you.
WE’RE GOING TO LAUGH. I believe wholeheartedly on the power of oxytocin and endorphins for a positive birth experience. We will laugh together, cry together, vent together.
EVIDENCE-BASED. I have access to many resources and will provide you with research. Knowledge is power!
“People who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth. There is a smaller amount of evidence that doula support in labor can lower postpartum depression in mothers. There is no evidence for negative consequences to continuous labor support. “The results of this study mean that if a birthing person has continuous labor support (that is, someone who never leaves their side), both mothers and babies are statistically more likely to have better outcomes! -Cochrane Review findings collected by Evidence Based Birth
This growing practice has taught me so much about a community banding together. There are some incredible doulas in Central Kentucky who are passionate about the care of families in the birth process. I believe wholeheartedly that there is a perfect doula for you, and that it may not be me! All of us share knowledge and support to one another and we love love to do the same for you. Here are some wonderful doulas that I can recommend: