A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who stays with and assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed.
As your doula, I take pride in truly listening to and supporting your desires as you move through your pregnancy and towards childbirth and then into parenthood.
By providing you with educational, evidence based resources and information you are able to manifest a clear vision of your birth experience, knowing that there ARE options, what they are, and which ones feel most comfortable to you and your family. Connecting you to modern and empowering tools, together we can create a visually appealing, easy to ready birth plan - full of confidently selected options.
As your doula, I provide a consistent, calming, and positive presence during your labor and birth experience.
Someone that is truly delighted to give you a foot massage, run for more ice, wipe your sweat, spoon feed you, make you laugh, cry with you. It is my goal to create a safe and loving space for both birthing mama and her partner, so that the partner can be present and connected to the birthing mama without having to worry about the other stuff. I ride the waves with you both, fully present and as hands on or hands off as you may need.
As your doula, our in-home postpartum visit is often filled with laughs, tears, and an abundance of love as we continue to stare in wonder and fascination at the miracle in your arms.
We spend time processing the birth story, re-living the astounding strength you unearthed, admiring the love you shared with your partner, and communicating the details that will forever be embedded in your soul. I help fill some gaps with a written timeline of your story, detailing your progression through labor and birth. Newborn care, postpartum body health, breastfeeding and parenting suggestions are discussed and supported. But this isn’t the end for us….my doula heart will always carry a piece of your story and I will remain available to you as a friend.
It is my goal to document one of the most transformative days of your life while respecting the sacredness of your birth space.
This is worth remembering forever.
Your partner supporting you in a way neither of you could have predicted. The intensity as you stare into each others eyes, realizing that you are on the brink of change, life altering change. The sheer power unearthed from deep within as you reach deep to open and bring baby earth side. The moment a new human being enters this world and lets out their own unique sound with their first breath of air. The rush of emotions as you see, smell and touch your baby for the first time. Those tiny toes, squishy cheeks and peach fuzz that will quickly fade away.
My batteries are charged, my bags are packed and by the door, I don't go far from home and no wine with dinner starting at 37 weeks and until you bring your baby earth side.
When do I arrive?
Around active labor, although we are in touch a LOT before hand.
How long do I stay?
Through labor, birth and until around 2-3 hours after birth.
What is included?
Full gallery of your birth story with edited high resolution digital images and the print release. You will receive 3-5 sneak peek images within 24 hours of the birth, but the full gallery will be delivered between 4-6 weeks postpartum.
Take your birth story to the next level with moving images, sounds, gestures and details that can only be captured in film.
Intimate story telling with moving images.
The ability to use movement and sound in art takes story telling to the next level.
My experience so far includes births at the following locations or with the listed midwives. Colorado’s birth community is growing rapidly so this list will grow along with it. Please help me build it.
Mountain Midwifery Center / Englewood, CO
Denver Center for Birth and Wellness / Littleton, CO
Birth Center of Denver, St. Joseph / Denver, CO
The Birth Center of Boulder / Boulder, CO
Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center / Thornton, CO
Hygge Birth and Baby / Denver, CO
Avista Adventist / Louisville, CO
Denver Health / Denver, CO
Good Samaritan Medical Center / Lafayette, CO
Boulder Community Health / Boulder, CO
Saint Joseph / Denver, CO
UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital / Longmont, CO
Castle Rock Adventist / Castle Rock, CO
Swedish Medical Center / Englewood, CO
Rose Medical Center / Denver, CO
Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center / Denver, CO
Littleton Adventist / Littleton, CO
Sky Ridge Medical Center / Lone Tree, CO
To Each Her Own - Janet Schwab, MSN, CNM, RN
New Leaf Midwifery - Jen Anderson-Tarver, CPM, RM
Denver Midwives Collective
Kathryn Raynes, CPM, RM
Moon Song Midwifery - Jacqueline Lynch, CPM, RM
A Midwife for Better Birth - Dana Savage, RM, CPM
Community Roots Midwife Collective - Nichole Calagias, CPM, RM, CLC