PRENATAL CARE | FULL-SPECTRUM DOULA
I will support and advocate for your needs across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences. This includes:
• 3-6 prenatal appointments• Distally hold sacred space throughout the laboring process to 2-3 hours after delivery
Pre-natal appointments are as follows: One Pelvic and Abdominal Health Evaluation. One Birth Plan Appointment. One to four Preparation and Integration Physical Therapy appointments.
In terms of how you prepare for birth, western culture tends to promote buying things for the baby or the nursery. Although some of these items may eventually be necessary, we, as a society, tend to lose sight of how important it is to prepare the birthing person mentally, emotionally, physically and, especially, spiritually right before this major life transition. For this reason, I often encourage soon-to be parents to include some sort of "contribute to mom's care" fund on their registries.
As a western trained doctor of physical therapy, I know modern medicine, but what makes my approach unique is how I blend that expertise with the time-honored wisdom of traditional healing ways.
PHYSICAL | Traditionally, it is never underestimated how important it is to help a person prepare for birth physically by helping them maintain proper pelvic alignment prior to delivering. This often helps to improve the ease of labor and delivery. In our prenatal sessions, you will learn therapeutic exercises that will help your body feel strong, stable, and supple as you prepare to deliver. You’ll also be taught techniques that optimize the physical relationship between the birthing person’s body and that of the baby which can help improve fetal positioning, reduce the chance of cesarean, and increase the ease of childbirth.
SPIRITUAL | As a deep mystic at heart, I know and value the importance of attending to your soul’s needs before, during, and after a major rite of passage. I don't think I could really say this better than my mentor and spiritual director from afar, Caroline: "You should never enter your soul unescorted, not because you will lose your way. You need an escort because this journey changes how you perceive your world, how you understand yourself, how you view your own boundaries when it comes to love, fear, forgiveness, compassion, and even the size and shape of your reality. You will require at some point a person with whom you can share what it feels like to have familiar illusions evaporate, replaced by sharper instincts. Some days everything presents as a crisis and other days are pure ecstasy. Spiritual Direction can help escort you on this profound journey into the fearless, mystical domain of your soul." Perhaps you’re in need of a safe place to open up about spirituality, you’d like to develop a prayer practice, and/or you find it comforting to be under the care of someone who acknowledges Spirit/Grace/God.
MENTAL/EMOTIONAL | In terms of preparing the body mentally and emotionally, nurturing the nervous system is key. Bringing the nervous system into a state where it perceives it’s safe and supported can help you stay grounded, feel present, and be better equipped to acknowledge the full-spectrum of your experiences and emotions. Meditations, visualizations, energy work, and breath work are some of the tools we’ll use to access deep states of relaxation. So much guidance, comfort and Truth can be found in these states. The art of down-regulating your nervous system is a lifelong practice in patience and compassion, but developing this skill can be the greatest gift you give yourself leading up to your delivery date and beyond.
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