I am a wife and mama to two amazing little boys and a sweet baby girl. My husband and I have been together for 12 years and family means absolutely everything to us.
After taking time off from the world of real estate to start my family back in 2010 I was sure that in the near future I wanted to explore a career that would allow me to remain in a family-oriented atmosphere and offer others the level of care and support I offered my own family. That led me to investigate Postpartum Doula care. The more I researched this amazing field, the more intrigued I became. And as I started to read more into the role of a Labor Doula as well, it became clear to me that as a new mama-to-be, I should have employed the expertise of a doula when my first son was born. Especially because I ended up having an emergency caesarean and I truly believe the support and knowledge of a trained professional like a Labor Doula could have minimized my odds of a C-section with more emphasize placed on labor techniques and pain management.
Additionally, having a Postpartum Doula afterwards would have made the whole experience that much easier, as recovery from major abdominal surgery is hard. I also struggled with Postpartum Depression for months afterwards and I had no idea what was happening until seeking help from an amazing homeopathic/naturopath doctor.
During my pregnancy nobody had ever suggested I find myself a doula. It didn't even come up in conversation. And to be honest, I didn't even really know what a doula was back then. I've found that most people still don't. Which is why I became so passionate about spreading the good word about labor and postpartum doula work. I believe every mama deserves to be informed about what a doula is, what a doula does, how a doula can enhance their birth experience and that any woman can have a doula, regardless of their situation. From home births to hospital births, natural or medicated, EVERY mama or mama-to-be deserves as much love and support as she can get her hands on! Mamas deserve to have the birth they've always dreamed about and the self-empowerment to make it happen. A doula can help them achieve that. Whatever it looks like, your doula is there for YOU!