What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women and their families have a safe, memorable, empowering birthing and 4th trimester experience.
What does a Doula NOT do?
Doulas are not medical professionals (even though we are knowledgeable about all aspects of labor, birth and postpartum). This means no medical procedures are done by the doula (cervical checks, monitoring, etc). Doulas do not make decisions for you, rather we empower you and give you the resources to make an informed decision on your own. This also means we don’t communicate directly to your birth team but we do help you communicate to them.
Do you offer virtual support?
Yes! Due to COVID-19, I have created an additional package for virtual support which you can find here.
What exactly do your services entail?
There are different areas in which I can support you through labor and birth including emotional, physical, and informational support. We prepare prenatally for your birth experience as well as what to expect postpartum. During labor and birth, some physical support measures I use include:
Soothing touch (massage, pressure points, counter pressure, etc)
Work with a rebozo (Click here for info on rebozos)
Assistance with position changes, walking, movement
Applying heat or cold and assisting with water therapy (shower, tub)
Giving food and drink
Emotional support is another very important aspect of my doula support. Also, I am there to not only support the birthing person, but also other members of the family that are present. During labor and birth, some emotional support measures I use include:
Words of encouragement and praise
Help birthing person and partner/family members work through fears and self-doubt
Creating a calm, positive environment
Debriefing after the birth – processing the birth story
I also provide information and educational support throughout your journey. My goal is to make you feel comfortable with all aspects of pregnancy/birth/postpartum so if you do need to make a decision, you are well informed and feel comfortable doing so.
As a postpartum doula, I assist the family after the birth, typically within the first 3 months (AKA the 4th trimester). We can process the birth story, I can assist with breastfeeding, provide information/referrals, and help with light housework and meal prep. I am there to make your postpartum experience a positive one and utilize many of the above emotional support methods.
Are you trained or certified?
Yes! I am a trained and certified doula through DONA International.
What areas do you serve?
I live in Northglenn with my family and serve the Denver Metro Area, roughly a 20 mile radius around zip code 80233. I have been as far north as Longmont and as far south as Littleton and am always open to going further depending on the circumstance. Don’t hesitate to reach out to see if I can come to your area.
What does the name of your business mean?
It was tricky for me to decide on a business name when I first started out. But I knew I wanted it to be inclusive of all aspects of birth and postpartum (hence why that is apart of the name). I also have a passion for mindfulness and meditation which pulled me toward the Om symbol. My son’s initials are OM and he is the reason I got into this work so it was very fitting for me to go with Om Birth & Postpartum.
What made you become a doula?
I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology, but never truly knew what I wanted to do with it. Fresh out of college, I began a position as a preschool teacher and debated going back to school to pursue my Masters in Social Work. My vision included working with families and children in some way, and I knew teaching preschool wasn’t for me long term. So fast forward to the birth of my son in 2017. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful team of midwives that handled all of my prenatal care and education as well as my birth. After that experience and knowing what it was like to have a fresh newborn, I decided to look into doula work. A few months later, I took the leap and completed my training!
I truly feel like I have found my calling and I absolutely love what I do.