Working with Puget Sound Doulas
With over 9 years of experience, and over 400 families served, I am confident in my ability to support you and your support team through the birth you desire.
When you choose to work with me, you are choosing to be well-supported by an expert who believe in you, and believes in birth. I believe in choices and aim to provide current, evidence-based research (should you request it) so you have the information you need - right at your fingertips - to make the choices that are right for you and your baby.
I believe that a healthy baby is not ALL that matters.
"Too often women who say they care about the details of their baby’s birth day are accused of wanting an ‘experience’, as if it is selfish to care about how their baby is born, how they feel or how they are treated. But, as the saying goes, ‘when a baby is born, so is a mother’. If a mother feels broken, dispirited, depressed or traumatised, how will this affect her baby? Is this healthy?"
The following sentence is crucial:
When a woman gives birth, a healthy baby is absolutely completely and utterly the most important thing.
Got that? OK – do not adjust your wig, there’s more…
It is not ALL that matters.
Two things – just to repeat: a healthy baby is the most important thing, AND it is not all that matters.
Women matter too.
A good birth doesn’t have to be a hippy dippy ‘natural’ birth, all candles, knitting midwives and placenta smoothies. Many women who have hospital births that don’t go the way they planned and end in interventions such as caesareans, report feeling positive about what happened. This is because how a woman is spoken to and treated as she has her baby is much much more important than the actual mode of delivery." -Milli Hill (Click here to purchase The Positive Birth Book)
By working with me, my hope is that you walk away from your birth feeling like you were part of the decision making process the whole time. My hope is that you do not walk away saying "everything just happened to me". My hope is that you feel empowered, and that you as a mother are also born gently.
Read my own experience about choices in childbirth in my blog: http://www.pugetsounddoulas.com/birth-stories-and-more