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Meet Your Doula

My doula style is that of immense support coupled with a heightened intuition that allows me to identify the client's needs. The ability to sense the individual support needed has always come naturally to me.   ​ My elders (who are now my ancestors) early on recognized my gift to hold space for people navigating life-changing events, and this inspiration led me to become a full-spectrum doula. I completed training via DONA and am a certified birth and postpartum doula. Currently, also a student Midwife attending Commonsense Midwifery school in Orlando, Florida, I have experience with co-sleeping, multiples, breastfeeding, special needs babies, IVF, single parents, teen parents, medicated/epidural, unmedicated/natural birth, water birth, domestic violence, belly birth (cesareans), and advanced maternal age. My mission is to support ALL families regardless of age, race, gender, family structure, or birthing location.  Having children, I know how important it is to have newborn care support and birthing support with a supportive partner/family or friends and how much more is needed when facing childbirth alone. Having someone with evidence-based knowledge and unbiased support to educate, advocate and comfort you.   In a birthing experience surrounded by loving friends who wanted the best for me and made sure I had what I needed and wanted, I was at peace and able to adjust and cope with the changes happening in my body. The music, the movement, the contentment, the physical support. I felt safe even as I experienced the unknown of childbirth. This feeling is what I bring to every birth experience as a doula. Whether it’s your first or last birth, I want you to labor with the love, support, and joy I had during childbirth. I was never alone during this time, and I want to give others the gift of never being alone during the birth process. To provide you with what YOU need. You will be treated with respect, understanding, and dignity.

Qualifications

Education and Background

Being a Doula means being part of an inspiring and lifelong learning experience.

 Childbirth Education 

Birthing Advocacy Doula Training 

The BADT 12-week  Childbirth Educator Training gives doulas and educators the knowledge and tools necessary to provide inclusive, trauma-informed, comprehensive, and evidence-based education to birthing people in their communities. In addition to the typical topics found in childbirth education, we will also be covering the following topics: paths to conception consent, trauma and boundaries, mental health and trauma, pregnancy/birth and disability, Inclusive lactation and infant feeding,  and grief and loss. We want our educators to not only have a basic knowledge of pregnancy, labor, and birth but an in-depth and inclusive understanding of all aspects and realities of birth and birthing people.

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Doula Training

Bastyr University, Seattle WA DONA

​​Workshops cover evidence-based information about the benefits of doula support, the history of birth, the significance of doula support to families, practical hands- on techniques, as well as the steps to begin a career as a birth doula. 

Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding 

Components of prenatal care and the midwifery model of care 

Emotions of pregnancy 

Pain management techniques 

Medical procedures used in labor 

Labor variations and complications, including Cesarean birth 

Communication and listening skills 

The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and its significance in women’s lives 

The doula’s role, professional ethics, standards of practice, and certification 

Emotional support and physical comfort measures 

Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean 

Newborn care and breastfeeding support 

Values clarification and cultural sensitivity 

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Postpartum Doula Training

CAPPA

Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association, an international certification organization  CAPPA trainings are  educate and equip the contemporary perinatal professional for a successful career  Trainings are evidence based and comprehensive,   CAPPA is respected for its longevity, stability, and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.

Practical application of Scope of Practice, ethics, and integrity

Listening and Communication Skills

The Postpartum Doula as Educator

Emotional and Physical Support of the Postpartum Mom

Postpartum Mood Disorders

Baby care techniques

Calming and soothing techniques

SIDS and Safe Sleep

Infant Feeding-Choices and Support

The New Baby and the Family

Home Organization

Skills for Special Circumstances

Grief/Loss Support

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Continuing Education

Supporting Muslim Families through Postpartum Care – NAPS Doulas Workshop

Big Belly Services TENS Training

Big Belly Services Rebozo Uses for Labor and Birth Workshop

Big Belly Services Breastfeeding Resources and Skills for Doulas

BADT Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Preparedness for Birth Workers

BADT Queer & Trans Reproductive Support Training

BADT Abortion Doula

Supporting Muslim Families through Postpartum Care Training

Foundations of Lactation

Introduction to Childbearing

Perinatal Evidence-Based Care

Community Health Worker

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Neonatal Resuscitation 

 

Meet the Ever Growing House

As with any House, we are a Growing Family! Our Dream is to have a  collective of community birth workers to provide equitable support and care to every one who needs and wants it! 

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