As a birth doula, I help you to tune into your instincts, to trust yourself, and I assist you in achieving your goals. My support becomes scaffolding for you to author your own story.
Birthing is a path of self-discovery. What a person needs to walk that path can vary: a listening ear, a thinking buddy, exposure to options, time to sit in the unknown, or backing to move in a new direction. Your goals and wellbeing are my paramount focus as we work together.
Birth is a transformative event. The experience is a portal to re-pattern and access your inner strength and capabilities. Caring and consistent support is foundational in this liminal experience.
"Gracie was by my side, not afraid of my mysterious pain, and possessed with a sisterly wisdom that helped me endure it; and I was able, with that, to cross over and push push push into motherhood."
"Gracie calmed me down during contractions and decision making. She was amazing support for my husband during labor and birth... I think we would have felt lost and frustrated without her guidance."
I help keep the birthing person at the center of the experience. When we work together:
A significant part of my role is to strengthen the dynamic between a birthing person and the family and friends chosen to be present. I recognize that a person's "birth partner" may be a romantic partner, a family member, or friend.
I assist the partner in being involved in ways that work for each of you--I may demonstrate a technique for the partner to use, remind them of what to do or say. We work together as a team, so that there is continuous, steadfast presence by your side.
My support also decreases anxiety often experienced by partners. They are given a nearly unattainable role to fill: recall information learned and read, apply it in this new situation, understand and communicate with staff and care providers, and remain steadfast. This can leave little room to simply and importantly be present and enjoy the experience.
By being a source of knowledge and a comforting presence, I alleviate some of the pressure partners often feel to "do it all" or "remember everything". I enable them to be at their best.
You have brought many people on to your team to help you in this process: your doula, midwife or doctor, nurse, lactation consultant, acupuncturist, etc. My aim is to work collaboratively to help you access each team member's unique set of skills. I facilitate communication between you and the people that are caring for you.
Having worked with many different care providers in a variety of settings and circumstances, I can provide you perspective on the care and recommendations you receive. I do not make decisions for you; rather, I illuminate choices available and help you determine what makes sense for your circumstance.
The postpartum period is filled with highs, lows, joys, challenges, and--above all else--adjustment. Roles change. Couples become families. Daughters and sons become Big Sisters and Big Brothers.
I provide support to help you meet what comes in the early weeks, strengthen your foundation, and keep realistic expectations about where you are and where you are headed.
While a new baby can bring joy, the changes can sometimes elevate anxiety, contribute to depression, and stress relationships. It can also feel just plain confusing. A postpartum doula is your touchstone, providing perspective, suggestions, and sensitive care.
Classes and books can provide helpful ideas; integrating the content is a different beast. Seeing your doula demonstrate how to soothe your baby to sleep can be a small but revelatory moment. Having help in positioning baby for a good latch can make sense out of a jumble of how-to books.
Breastfeeding support is one of my specialties. I am not a certified lactation consultant, yet I have become well-educated and experienced in the intricacies of breastfeeding.
I assist you in finding a parenting approach that works for you, and help connect you with local resources that will continue to nourish and support as you grow together.
"I'm not sure what I need," is something I hear quite often. Particularly when you're in the thick of it, reaching out can be its own challenge. Postpartum doula support can be one time for just a few hours, or on-going for a number of weeks.
My role is to to be there when you need me, but also to make myself obsolete as soon as possible. Please call even if you're not sure what your needs are. One of my skills is helping you suss out what fits your situation
I help a family address the practicalities of the first days and weeks, and set themselves up for success. I believe support helps develop strong roots and solid ground for a growing family.
As a full spectrum doula, I offer support for the full range of reproductive experiences including abortion, adoption, miscarriage, stillbirth, and surrogacy. The stigma that can be attached to these situations can add complexity to being pregnant.
Abortion, adoption, and miscarriage are not experiences unique to certain populations; they are had by people in all professions, communities, walks of life. They can precede or follow a baby carried to term and cared for by biological parents.
Full spectrum doula support recognizes that pregnant people deserve and can benefit from compassion and care, regardless of their choices. A supported journey brings greater peace and satisfaction, across the board. Even--and especially--when the outcomes are difficult ones or the decisions are challenging.
As you face the unknown, support will help you access your deepest strength and inner capabilities. The context of our relationship is compassionate care, trust, and open communication. This is not a luxury; I believe it is a human right. I aim to make my services accessible, and offer sliding scale rates as well as abortion access funds.
As you find your way, I can offer context for your situation, illuminate choices, and connect you with community resources. Whether you are in a place of certainty or deliberation, I will help you identify your feelings and goals and move forward with confidence and grace.
I walk alongside you, no matter which course is charted. The aim is not a specific outcome, but, rather, the feeling of having moved with integrity, the experience of being heard, seen, and supported as you navigated choices and met what came your way.