Hello I’m Megan and I am a Doula!

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a professional trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during and after childbirth.

 

Having a doula can decrease labor times by 25%, lower the rate of C-sections by up to 50%, decrease the use of epidurals and other interventions, and increase satisfaction with birth experiences overall. Having an experienced educated advocate present reduces stress levels and helps empower women to speak up on their own behalf to achieve the birth goals they desire.

 

I will never replace, I am here to support-

Doctors and nurses are often happy to have doulas working with them. Medical-care providers are watching out for so many aspects of the mother's and baby's clinical care that they aren't necessarily able to provide the emotional support a woman may need or desire during childbirth.

 

“A holistic care approach -- one that involves an integrated team, including a physician, midwife, nurse, doula, and other health educators -- allows everyone to play toward their strengths and provide the mother continuous support and education," ~ Dr. James Byrne

 

I began this work because of my own personal experience. I didn’t have the knowledge or wisdom to know what to expect when it was time to give birth to my son. My expectations of childbirth were unrealistic. I viewed birth as a medical event only and didn’t understand how sacred and spiritual it was. I was fearful and anxious and chose to put all of my trust in the physician and overlooked my own instincts. I did not have the birth experience I think every woman deserves. One in which her voice is heard and her desires are carried out. 

 

During the postpartum period support is crucial for the health and well being of a new mother. A term I love that is often used is “Mothering the Mother”. There should be no expectation for a mother to “snap back” and putting any demands besides caring for baby on a woman within the first 4-6 weeks after giving birth is insensitive and dangerous. All new mothers deserve to be mothered, nurtured, taken care of, well fed, & given opportunities to rest, and shower without interruption. My own experience opened my eyes to the fact that not everyone has enough support. Family and friends will eventually have to go back to work, if they were able to take off in the first place. I came to the realization that most people have their own households to manage and some aren’t within driving distance to lend a hand. It hit me like a huge bag of bricks one day when my son was around 6 months old, ALL women deserve a Labor and Postpartum Doula! A Doula is not a luxury but a necessity for better healthier birth and postpartum outcomes. Hiring a doula is a form of self care.

 

When a woman gives birth something supernatural occurs. She releases and brings forth life. The life she’s helped create, the life she has fed and protected, has now after 9-10 months exited her body. Many women report feeling off balance, uncentered and just unlike themselves for months or up to a full year after giving birth. The support of someone that understands the fact that mothers operate from another realm of instinct and intuition that depletes their physical strength is vital to the healing process. 

 

Every woman deserves a sacred space to give birth and she deserves a sisterhood with someone that will support her through every late night question session, every labor surge, & every wave of emotion before, during and after. Through the learning curve that is breastfeeding. Through the quiet moments when she should sleep because the baby is asleep but she’s too afraid to close her eyes. Through the tears of joy and the tears of pain. 

I ROCK

I LEARN

I LISTEN

I SEE YOU

I ANSWER

I MASSAGE

I HEAR YOU

I ADVOCATE

I REMEMBER

I AM ON CALL

I ENCOURAGE

I SUPPORT YOU

I TRUST YOUR PARTNER

I PROTECT YOUR SPACE

I BELIEVE IN YOUR BODY

I PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY

I SUPPORT YOUR DECISIONS

I BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITIES

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