If you’re expecting, first thing’s first: congratulations! Babies are tiny little miracles that we create, nourish, and birth into the world. This is hard work, and your doula acknowledges that.
Let’s be honest; if you’re pregnant, no matter how many books you read or classes you take, you’ll never feel fully prepared for the monumental event that is giving birth – especially if its your first child. You have your doctor, fully capable of handling your medical care, and you have friends and family, offering advice (sometimes unwanted) and unconditional love from all sides. Both these things are absolutely essential! But sometimes, you just need an unbiased third party for those late night, far fetched but anxiety inducing “what if”s. Sometimes you need someone who’s been there to say, “Yeah, that might work, but let’s try this too” and “This part is hard, but you’ve got this!” and “This is what the doctor meant when he mentioned that medical test; do you have any questions?”
That’s where doulas come in. That’s where I come in.
Doulas are trained in providing non-medical comfort and pain relief techniques to women during pregnancy and labor. We provide unbiased, evidence based education for all options, scenarios, and choices that may come up during your pregnancy journey. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll find one for you! Your doula is your coach, your guide, your shoulder to lean on in a very scary, very fluid time. Doulas support laboring mamas, and they support those who support laboring mamas (spouses, parents, siblings, friends…). Even the most well prepared woman, one with a solid support team, can find solace and worth in doula support.
As a doula, I will not get in the way of your medical care. A doula is not medically trained and does not provide medical support. I will encourage you to know all your options and discuss choices with your medical care staff, and provide unbiased research to help you make decisions, but I will not make those decisions for you. I won’t advocate to your doctor during labor, but I will gently remind you of deliberate choices we discuss ahead of time, and encourage you to be vocal with your doctor or midwife through the entire process.
Ultimately, I’m there as supporting cast in the cinematic experience that is your birth story.
I also offer postpartum support for mama, baby, and siblings, in the form of coaching, meal prep, light housework, breastfeeding support, sibling acceptance, and childcare while you get some much needed rest. As a massage therapist, I’m uniquely positioned to offer you muscular support and pain relief through all stages of your pregnancy and recovery, and to help you introduce massage to your newborn for comfort and gentle care. As an herbalist, I can suggest preparations or food recipes to help with various pregnancy symptoms, postpartum recovery, and milk production to support breastfeeding.
If you’re interested in learning more about how I can assist you during pregnancy and beyond, send an inquiry email or call 603-821-0849.
Nashua Community College Holistic Massage Therapy certification
Licensed through NCBTMB
Usui Reiki certification
Completed Childbirth Education
CPR/First Aid certified (adult/children/infant)
Early Child Development educated with a background in preschool development & childcare
Prenatal/Labor/Postpartum & Sibling support
Prenatal massage & massage support during labor and recovery