Birth and Postpartum Doula

Nurturing support for one of the biggest moments of your life.

COVID-19 Statement: I am offering virtual birth and postpartum doula support nationally at this time (and going forward). If you are local to the Memphis area, and birthing at one of the locations at which I offer support, then I am available to be your doula in person. My postpartum services are available in person to those in Memphis as well.

As a birth doula, I am available to support:

-1st and 2nd+ time birthing persons birthing at home or at CHOICES birth center
-1st and 2nd+ time birthing persons birthing with Dr. Podraza at St. Francis Park
-VBACs/HBACs with VBAC supportive providers (such as Dr. Podraza or local midwifery practices)
-2nd+ time birthing persons who have patient-centered providers
-Planned family centered cesareans at St. Francis Park
-Repeat clients

First time birthing persons local to Memphis who are interested in my support but are birthing at Baptist/Methodist/elsewhere are encouraged to take my Childbirth Education series, and can be matched with a birth doula through my registry, Memphis Doulas.

My postpartum practice is, as always, open to first time parents, as well as experienced parents. I love the different ways each type of family utilizes doula support–the education, the hands on recovery modalities, nourishing meal prep, baby care education, parenting coaching, relationship coaching and so much more! See below for more information on what my postpartum services entail.

You want to navigate your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time with confidence and joy.

Whether you are choosing to give birth in a hospital, birth center, or your home, many families hope to have a positive, empowered, and informed experience.

When your baby arrives, you want that energy to carry over to your postpartum time. You envision the time after your birth, snuggled up in bed with your sweet baby, nourished and cared for. 

And you know the support of a doula is an essential, non-judgmental, and skilled part of your care team.

With my support, you will have the tools you need to make informed choices about your care, as well as feel confident in knowing someone is there just for you and your partner during your journey.

I will:

Provide instruction and resources to help your family prepare for this profound experience, body-mind-spirit
Utilize my unique background and continuing education (fetal positioning techniques, female sexual health expertise)
Bring my deep knowledge of the birthing process and the needs of birthing families
Guide you through your postpartum physical and emotional recovery
Offer practical newborn care instruction
Nourish your family with comforting, healthfully prepared meals 
Support your breastfeeding relationship or offer infant feeding education
Coach you and your partner in navigating your relationship post-baby
Create a multi-dimensional support plan from pregnancy through the first few months postpartum

That means:

Prenatal Support   

The prenatal process consists of getting to know you, your partner, your birthing preferences, and helping you prepare for birth physically, emotionally, and practically. If am working as your postpartum doula, you can schedule a few prenatal visits for baby planning and setting up your nursery. 

Your Birth Day   

When your baby signals their arrival, you will be surrounded by loving, nonjudgmental physical, emotional, and informational support. I am also skilled in the process of informed consent and refusal, and will work to bridge communication with you and your care provider so you can access the information you need to make decisions about your birth process. 

Postpartum Care

As your birth doula, I can guide you in initiating the first latch with your newborn, make sure you eat and receive nurturance, and assist in bonding. As your postpartum doula, I will provide in-home day or night time support to help ease you into your role as a parent, make sure you are recovering well from your birth, and assist in a variety of ways to support your household. I can even visit you in-hospital if desired to bring good food, provide a massage, and answer your questions. My approach to the postpartum period is to nourish the postpartum mother/parent, focusing on physical recovery & emotional wellbeing. I take a unique approach to newborn care education: blending evidence based information with evolutionary/biological knowledge about human babies, and help you understand the needs and communication of your newborn. I love to prepare healthy meals for new families as well. I draw from the rich global traditions of postpartum care, preparing vaginal steams, nourishing soups, massage, and more, to help the body recover and soothe the nervous system after birth. Guidance and a listening ear are also so important to new families, and I am happy to sit and talk with new moms and parents about their births, their babies, parenthood, relationships, emotions, and more.

My high quality birth doula services include:

-Prenatal meetings to get to know each other & create birth plan
-Breath work
-Fetal positioning exercises
-Fear release work and emotional preparation
-Partner skill building
-Hands on comfort measures
-Assistance with informed consent/refusal process
-Mindful meditation practices
-Rebozo techniques
-Creating a comforting birth environment
-Connecting couples through the birth process
-Embodied and ecstatic birth coaching
-Family centered planned cesarean support
-Home, hospital, or birth center settings
-Birth photography (add’l fee)
-Supportive of unmedicated or medicated births
-VBAC experience

My high quality postpartum doula services include: 

-Holistic Postpartum Care
(vaginal steam or sitz baths, belly massage & binding, infant massage, foot soaks & foot rubs, scar massage instruction, perineal care techniques)
-Healthy snacks, meals, & bone broths/soups
-In-home placenta preparation
-Emotional support
-Birth story processing
-Creating rituals or birth reclamation ceremonies
-Closing the Bones inspired ceremonies
-Empathic, informed care for those going through postpartum mood disorders 
-Newborn care instruction
-Babywearing & gear instruction
-Parenting coaching
-Breastfeeding/ pumping/ formula/ bottle feeding support
-Practical household assistance
-Sibling support
-Pet care

Packages

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Interested in working with me? Fill out this form to schedule a free consultation. Be sure to include your due date, area of residence, and birthing location.