Birth Doula Services
Comprehensive Birth doula services include:
- Complementary interview
- 24/7 phone and email support
- Prenatal visits
- Setting and communicating a birth intention (plan)
- Photography of your birth (optional)
- On-call services starting at 38 weeks of pregnancy
- Continuous support during active labor, birth, and immediate postpartum
-Postpartum visits in the first 6 weeks
I've called Albany, NY my home for most of my life. My road to becoming a doula had many twists and turns, but landing here has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I have a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and a post-grad certificate in Public Health. I taught English as a second language in Thailand. I've worked in early childhood services and retail management, never really feeling like I'd found my calling. The seeds for my future in birthwork were planted while I was pregnant with my first child. Prior to getting pregnant, I said the default "as long as the baby is healthy" to friends and family but I wondered: Didn't I matter too? What were my options? Did I even have any?
Researching my choices in birth led me to the prospect of hiring a doula. I had faith that I could be strong enough to birth this child as I wished, but knew I needed extra support in order to do that. I did hire a birth doula and between that action, and researching my care providers and birthing location thoroughly, I ended up satisfied with my experience. It was here that the seeds were planted for my future work. I was pregnant again with my second, and hiring a doula again was a no-brainer. The third time around, I had pregnancy complications, and birth as I knew it turned upside down. Hiring a doula was more important than ever. It was during this time that I was certified to become a birth doula with DONA International. I've also become certified to teach childbirth education with Lamaze International. I've added on extra training to become a certified VBAC link doula, to better support those desiring a vaginal birth after cesarean. Through this work, I've expanded my knowledge and passion for working with clients who are healing from previous birth trauma.
In my four years as a doula, I have developed a particular zeal for helping all my clients achieve more comfortable pregnancies and births through the Spinning Babies Approach to each, and I am now certified to teach parents these skills.
I would be so honored to share my knowledge of birth with you and to be a calm presence on one of the most important days of your life.