A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, and most satisfying experience possible. For more info, click here.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife or obstetrician?
Plain and simple, doulas stay above the belt and midwives or obstetricians go below the belt. Doulas are not responsible for anything medical related to you, your pregnancy or your baby.
What does it mean to work with a doula?
When you hire a doula they essentially become your sherpa throughout your pregnancy and birth experience, guiding you through it one step at a time. It is important that you have good rapport with your doula and you can visualize them being there with you (and your partner) in the thick of it.
If you decide to work with me, we will meet at least twice before labor. Those are called your prenatal meetings and they last between 1-2 hours. There, we review what to expect, pain coping techniques, positions, and resources in the community. At 38 weeks, I am on-call for you, standing by for labor to start. Once labor begins, we stay in close contact and I will come to you when the time is right. I stay with you throughout labor, birth and for a few hours of immediate post-partum care to help with initial breastfeeding and that first meal as new parents. A few days later, I'll come to your house for a follow-up post-partum visit to check in and help with breastfeeding once your milk comes in.
My partner is worried that a doula will replace them in this experience. Any truth to that?
No. Your partner is your partner for a reason and they know how to love you better than anyone else. The doula provides support to not only the mother but the partner as well. They become a team. It has been proven that doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family as well as improve the outcomes of births.
Do you only do home births?
No. I attend all kinds of births and no two births are the same. I've been to home births, natural hospital births, inductions, births with nitrous and/or epidural, c-sections, long births, short births, fun births, sweet births, and the really hard births.
What is a lactation counselor?
A lactation counselor is able to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, and breastfeeding women.
Have you been so focused on labor and birth that you kind of forgot about breastfeeding?
Well, the good news is breastfeeding is on-the-job training. It is important to learn the skills, form, tricks, and tips in a class but for the most part you learn when the baby arrives. That's why a lactation counselor can help you identify what rooting looks like, support with positions that feel good for you and your baby, help with changes as your milk comes in/baby grows, and make appropriate referrals, if further assistance is needed.
How do your services work?
More good news, if you hire me as your doula we can tack on a third prenatal meeting to specifically cover breastfeeding prior to birth to learn the basics. Once the baby arrives, we'll start the on-the-job training right away (usually within the first hour of birth). If more counseling is needed, support is billed by the hour with a two hour minimum.
What is Polarity Therapy?
Polarity Therapy is a mixture of both Eastern and Western energy therapies. It is based on the belief in an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds the body and moves between the poles of the body. Health is experienced when the energy flow is balanced and free of blockages, and pain and disease occur when the energy is not flowing properly. Polarity Therapists balance the energy field through touch, stretching exercises, nutritional advice and self-awareness.
What is the history of Polarity Therapy?
Dr. Randolph Stone created Polarity Therapy as a complete healing system in the late 19th century. Dr. Stone was an Osteopath, Naturopath and Chiropractor who had an interest in the Eastern health care systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. He incorporated his understanding of the energy principles of qi and prana from these two systems to establish Polarity Therapy, along with principles from his own medical training such as nutrition and exercise.
Dr. Stone gave lectures and taught seminars on Polarity Therapy until his death in 1981. The American Polarity Therapy Association was established in 1984, and over 20 certification programs exist in the U.S. today.
What are the principles behind Polarity Therapy?
Polarity Therapy is based on the belief that the body is surrounded by the human energy field, through which energy is constantly flowing and moving between the head and feet, or poles, of the body.
The energy flows through energy centers that are based on the Ayurvedic chakras and the Traditional Chinese Medicine principle of yin and yang.
The Human Energy Field is affected by diet, touch, exercise, relationships and life experience. Polarity Therapists are trained to balance these effects through bodywork, yoga exercises, counseling and nutritional advice.
What happens during a typical session?
After interviewing you on your lifestyle and medical history, the Polarity Therapist evaluates your energy flow through polarity bodywork. This is done by moving their hands from the head to the feet and over the chakras and is done completely clothed. They will then apply differing amounts of pressure to the body to stimulate and balance energy flow. The practitioner will then advise dietary changes or demonstrate exercises to try at home.
What are the benefits?
Polarity Therapy is used both as a preventive and to heal specific conditions. Some conditions benefited by Polarity Therapy include headaches and migraines, digestive disorders and stress.
Ok, sounds good, tell me more.
The sessions last around 60-90 minutes. Contact me to set up some time!