What I offer as your birth doula:
*Help you create a birth plan
*Practice relaxation techniques
*Practice positions for labor and birth
*Discuss comfort measures that you have found helpful in your life
*Discuss any concerns/fears about the process and the adventure ahead
*Discover how everyone on the birth team husband, sister, mother, aunt, friend,
doula, or anyone else you choose to have at the birth will be working together as
a fully supportive member of a team dedicated to you!
*Support you with continued breastfeeding information and tips
*Answer questions about newborn care
*Provide you with information and resources for anything you need during
your postpartum recovery.
*l am a huge advocate of baby-wearing and will happily share my knowledge
with anyone interested!
A blessingway is an ancient ritual for an expectant mother to be honored and supported during her transition into motherhood. Surrounded by family and friends she is showered with blessings of love and given encouragement that is so needed during this incredible journey.
A good friend at a blessingway told a beautiful story to illustrate what is created in the circle of a mother blessing:
With our children we had taken a trip to the aquarium where we were thrilled to find out that one of the dolphins had just given birth. Rather than having a dolphin show you were allowed to sit quietly in the auditorium and watch the mother with her new baby. They showed a video and shared with us the special way dolphins help one another during the most critical moments after birth. Once the calf is delivered a group of female dolphins help the mother get her baby up above water for its first breath. It is crucial for them to have this help. During a blessingway a woman is being shown how her family and friends will be there no matter what to help her rise up and feel always supported.
No two blessingways are the same. I will talk with you and find out the most important things for you to include. I can lead the blessingway or help guide a friend or family member in the process.