A Wife, Mother, & Doula

 

I am married to an amazingly supportive husband and we have two children – 5 and 2 year old daughters. I am a former elementary teacher who now enjoys spending a little time each week supporting other teachers in their classrooms.  I live in the East Bay and when I’m not playing, reading, creating or running after our girls, I like to spend my time connecting with women, playing games, going on walks, and hanging out with my husband!

My first daughter’s labor was fairly short. When I got to the hospital I had an epidural and met her just a few hours later. I do not regret any part of her delivery. As I look back however, I realize there were last minute decisions in my delivery that I wish I would have been more prepared and educated to make. While I do not believe there is only one way to birth a baby, I do believe every woman should have the resources and support they need to make informed decisions.

I went into my second daughter’s labor knowing a lot more about the options I had before me. The beginning stage of my labor was long and felt never ending, but the ending was a whirlwind. I went from 4 to 10 centimeters in less then an hour and barely had time to get into the hospital room, let alone get any pain medication before my girl had arrived! I was getting ‘checked in’ after we were holding our babe. One of the many differences in this birth was my self-confidence in what was happening and what could happen. My husband and I were so much more informed about my options and it made us feel more secure and confident.

Since beginning my own birth journey I have been in deep awe and respect for the birth and laboring process women go through. I am in utter amazement at how women’s bodies do what they do! I have a growing passion for supporting mothers and their partners through this beautiful journey. It brings me so much joy to be able to help them create the kind of birth they want for themselves and newborn.

Labor and childbirth is such a precious time. It should be one where women feel empowered, educated, and supported as opposed to scared or intimidated. I see the doula’s role to help facilitate the most satisfying and positive birth experience possible for both the mother and her partner.