I want my husband to be my main birth partner, is that a problem?
No way! This is your birth and I want to make your experience better, not get in the way. I will respect your need for privacy when asked for, but know that I am there to provide support to both of you. Many find they are better birth partners just because they know someone is there to offer support. I will show the partners ways in which they can offer even more support. Here is what DONA has to say about "Dads and Doulas".

What IS a Doula and what does she do?
The word Doula literally means slave or servant of women. In that vein, I am here to help you in whatever way you need in labor: rubbing your shoulders, teaching your partner how to help apply pressure to your back, or helping you stay nourished, etc. A doula is someone who provides support before, during, and after the birth of your child. She does not perform medical procedures. Among many things, she can give suggestions for different labor positions, to encourage babies movement into the birth canal.

The DONA website states: "Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily."

Do you provide massage?
I do not currently have any certifications in massage therapy, but I can bring lotions or oils to massage during or after labor.

Do you only attend home births?
No! I attend births at birthing centers and hospitals as well!

What if I end up having a C-section?
I will still be there to support you. If your partner does not like the thought of surgery I can
accompany you, but many hospitals allow two people to accompany you, so I can take pictures
and will stay by your side, while your partner stays with your baby . I will also provide extra
breastfeeding support as you recover from the surgery.

What training have you had?
Birth Doula Training-June 2010 (under the tutelage of Penny Simkin)
Postpartum Doula Training-July 2010
I am working on certification with DONA and PALS.

Do you have a backup doula for times when you are not available? May we meet her?
I will arrange someone to be my back-up and you can arrange a time to meet with her.

Where do you doula?
I live just two miles north of Evergreen Hospital and the Puget Sound Birthing Center, and serve primarily on the Eastside, (Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell, Redmond, Bellevue, and Sammamish) and South Snohomish County (Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish, Mill Creek, Monroe). If I have not listed your city and you live close to one of the mentioned areas, please let me know!