I call myself a life doula because I cover pregnancy, birth, family integration, divorce, sudden loss, and death in my services. Each of these are a part of life and therefore I have chosen to encompass and learn about as much of it as possible to better help others.
Traditionally the term was reserved for non-medical women who assisted in the birth and postpartum care of a birthing mother. Since then the term has become more inclusive and broaden to include people who assist others.
I can tell you that I do a bit of everything EXCEPT medical treatments and legal work. I can refer you to contacts I've gained over the years if you need help in those matters.
Some of my services include light house keeping, food prep/cooking, created sacred space, non-medical pain relief, visualization, aromatherapy, breast feeding assistance, newborn assistance, vigil work, legacy, companionship, family introduction and connection just to name a few. Each person may need something different so I have dedicated a good portion of my years learning various techniques to help facilitate this.
Doulas offer you and your family professional, confidence, and knowledgeable support. We can help ease the burden of many situations just by being available to clients. The growing demand for doulas has increased over the last three years and is estimated to only continue. A doula can be an integral part of your team to help facilitate plans, keep options ready, and even help afterward.
Yes, I am. I am a certified Death Doula with INELDA as well as a Birth/Postpartum Doula with IDI. I'm also an ordained clergy person and have certifications in aromatherapy, breastfeeding counselor, childbirth educator, perinatal nutrition educator, grief counseling, and alternative healing methods (a unique way of saying I dabble in lots of techniques to make sure I can help others however they prefer).
Currently, within my business, I am only one person and to make sure that I am available to the clients I take on I limit the number I work with or what we focus on. Clients can contact me 24/7 or even use my emergency number during those vital moments.
During first client meetings you'll meet with myself and my backup. If, under the very slim circumstances I am unable to assist you my backup will be there. They are trained just as thoroughly as I am and are kept up to date on all clients in the event of emergency and they must step in. You will not be alone.
Yes, in fact, I specialize in postpartum care and recovery. My job is to take care of you and the rest of your family so that you can bond with the baby/babies. I stay for as long as contracted for and can stay even longer if "baby blues" or PPD diagnoses occurs from a physician.
Postpartum Depression can hit new or seasoned moms. I even struggled with it during my last pregnancy with a surrogate baby. It was the one pregnancy I thought I wouldn't have to worry about because I didn't have a baby to care for but in the end PPD came for even me. I ended up utilizing a combination of prescribed medication and a caretaker. She was immensely helpful during my recovery even tho it was four months after I had given birth. Her support helped me in more ways than I can explain while the medication helped my brain and body level back out. It's a big reason as to why I wanted to become a doula.
I cannot perscribe or give you any medications but I can offer you support by being there, by helping take care of you with light housework, food prep and cooking, helping the other people in your family, help you work through anxiety and fears etc. Nothing can take the place of properly dosed, well managed medication from a health care professional.
No, I am not a nurse and therefore do not offer any medical services. I can help facilitate communication though between client and health care professionals for those with anxiety, fears or general desire for help with medical personnel.
No, not at all. My religion has nothing to do with how I run my business. When I work with a client I work with them without any judgments, bias or preconceived notions. I am there solely for you.
At the time of this update, 2021, 3 years experience not including my own personal journey.
I consider myself non-binary and have a light history with various alternative family systems. LGTBQIA+, Surro Friendly, Alternative Family Friendly, Pagan background with roots in Christianity, direct experience with GD, PE, multi-birth, birth defect, infant loss, sudden death, anxiety disorders, BPD, PPD, scared space and music, natural birth, c-section/VBAC. I believe that this mixture helps me maintain an empathically honest approach and helps build trust.
As often as the client or family has requested. You can purchase "packs" of time too which helps people gauge how much they want to or can spend overall.