If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” ~ Ina May Gaskin
The birth of a baby is a true miracle that a mother and father will remember forever. I became a doula after photography first brought me into the labor and delivery room. I love to witness the way birth transforms women and their partners, and I am in awe of women’s strength. As much as birth itself deeply fills my heart, I often left with a feeling of “I should have done something”. I witnessed so many families struggle without proper support as I sat quietly documenting their day, and I wanted to be able to make a difference. I wanted to be rock for each mom that I was photographing. My goal is to not only provide irreplaceable memories, but to also support and empower moms and their partners on the amazing journey to parenthood. A birth doula supports you and your partner by providing the knowledge, comfort, and education necessary for a fulfilling birth experience, using techniques such as: • massage • breathing techniques and vocalization • counter pressure • visualization • relaxation • education and advocacy Doula support allows the laboring woman's partner a greater sense of relaxation, and therefore an increased ability to care for the mother-to-be on an emotional level.