Whatever background you have, whatever family you have, whatever opinion of birth you have, whatever love, whatever fear — whatever you bring to the table I will support you. You might be a 4th time mama who knows she’d like a doula to support her birthing time. You might be a first time mama with not a lot of idea about what a doula really does or how I can help you. You might be a curious partner worried about how to best assist your baby’s mother during this brilliant time. You might be single, married, outgoing, shy, young, old, gay, straight, adopting, aborting, planning a homebirth, planning a cesarean, or you may be something completely different. WHOEVER YOU ARE I will strive to provide you with whatever you need to make life easier – both during labor and postpartum. My main goals are to ensure that you feel comfortable and educated in the choices you will make; that your birth is as calm and stress free as possible; that your home is warm and welcoming to baby (with a family that doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the stress and burden of the day to day) and that you feel satisfied with your experience. It is a true honor to be requested in to your birthing space and your home. I will always strive to be a soothing presence of understanding and support. Whoever you are.
Having a doula at your birth has proven to: give a higher satisfaction with the birth experience; improve communication with the medical team; shorten labor; reduce levels of fear and anxiety; lower cesarean rates; reduce the need for vacuum or forceps assistance; reduce pain medication and epidural rate; lower levels of stress hormones; provide a higher rate of successful breastfeeding; lower the rate of postpartum depression; and improve parent-baby bonding. All while reassuring you and giving advice and love without judgment! I would love to rally behind you and support your birth and postpartum experience and bring as much sincere care and warmth to you as possible.
This pregnancy is a true joy and I want you to be able to enjoy every moment you can! Let me be a part of your team, a part of your “village”!
~Lauren, an Earthy Doula
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