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Preparing to bring your babe earthside is quite the undertaking. There tends to be bliss and worry and everything in between. An important part of preparing for your labor and the following postpartum months are the conversations we have prior to these experiences so that you can best enjoy your prenatal time. Here, we have an opportunity to talk about everything on your mind and get you truly ready for what is ahead.
Our bodies know how to labor, but it is tremendously helpful if our psyche feels powerful and safe to progress as well. My role here is to provide you with the knowledge and practice to feel confident in your birthing abilities. We will meet prenatally to discuss your birth plan, to try positions that could be comfortable and useful in labor, we familiarize with available comfort measures and relation techniques, to answer any questions that need answering, and address any topics that need covering.
While doulas do not provide medical care, it is support that is here for you during one of your most intensely intimate phases of life. I provide assistance in helping you to best navigate your first months of parenthood, and all that comes with it. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding , bottling, pumping, diapering, sleeping, meal preparing and discovering new routines while also figuring out how to incorporate your own self care rituals are all a part of the support I can provide. I will hold space for you and your little one in whatever way is needed.
My husband and I moved to Roanoke from Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018. We have three babes together, and have had a challenging and rewarding time figuring it all out. We love listening to music and getting outside. I am a mediocre yogi, at best, but I do enjoy to move
I firmly believe that we are all on our own journeys, there are many reasons why we take the paths we do, and there are many different ways to move through the phases of our lives. While I have made the choices I have for the reasons I felt were right for me, I have always respected why others might make different choices. The best that we can do for ourselves and our loved ones is to absorb all available knowledge needed to make educated choices, seek support when we feel there is a chance we might need it, and always try wholeheartedly to hold space for ourselves and others. I have found pure joy in doula work, as these beliefs are sewn throughout via educating, advocating, and supporting every step of the way.
After graduating high school in Northern Virginia, I wasn’t quite sure what was next for me. Eventually, I found myself working in every avenue of the event world, and loving everything about it, except for the 7 day work weeks that were lacking in flexibility. When I had a moment to slow down, I was able to explore something that had been buzzing in my mind following the birth of my first babe. I enrolled myself in a thorough, diverse, and inspiring doula training with the well respected organization toLabor, and excitedly began my journey to becoming a Doula.
Through my professional doula training, my labor support experience, and my own personal experiences with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period, I have come to strongly believe all birthing people deserve to feel empowered through continual and whole care. My role in doing so is to provide you with the education you need to make informed choices, the advocacy tools to navigate whatever comes your way, and the emotional and physical support to move confidently through every phase of your journey.
Right now, my focus is on postpartum doula work that starts prenatally and continues through to about the fourth month after birth. Additionally, I am currently offering a Labor Preparation Class and 24 Hour Text Support.
To best serve you, I have continued my education with a more in-depth postpartum specific training, a Neonatal Resuscitation Program, a CPR BLS class, and attended a Spinning Babies workshop. I have also started a Student Midwifery Apprenticeship with Breath of Life Midwifery to further my familiarity with the full scope of maternal care and everything that comes our way.
The birth of my first babe was long, exhausting, and difficult to move through. I was young and scared, but I was also determined to have a positive experience. At the time, I was battling with trauma related PTSD and had only just began to address this in a professional setting. I wasn’t sure how, or if, unwanted mental and physical responses might emerge during labor. Thankfully, because of the team that I was fortunate enough to have supporting me, I was able to feel safe and find my own power in different ways, at different times. Things progressed slowly, but surely, and our beautiful little babe was born about 34 hours after labor beginning. In the year that followed, I was absolutely amazed at how deeply transformative the birth experience had been for me.
There is both vulnerability and power in our experiences as birthing people. In this body, I have put my strength to the test. Others have put my strength to the test. It has taken me many years to repair and nurture my relationship with my body in order to honor and respect its journey and form.
This understanding I now have with myself is that in order to move through life with a peaceful heart, I have to acknowledge and accept both the vulnerability and the power. These things can not be at war with one another. I can not harbor shame, resentment, or fear for either of these sides. Never was this felt more intensely for me than when I had no choice but to move through these feelings in each phase of pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.
This learned acceptance brought, and continues to bring, resilience, joy, and gratitude. This empowered understanding is what fuels my fire and allows me to be fully present for any person who wishes to honor and love the person they are and the choices they feel are right for their body.
As a doula, it is my honor to support you along this journey.
Featured artwork shown above Prenatal Prepatations, Labor Support, and Postpartum Support is by Chloe Trayhurn. I feel she does a fantastic job of capturing the many moods of motherhood, so, check her out for some womanly inspo!