If we are to change the world, we must begin by changing birth.

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Birth as a sacred task

Pregnancy and birth are natural, healthy processes that can and should be enjoyable for the entire family. This time should be savored for the miraculous event that it is, the moment when another vibrant soul enters this realm. Birth has a lasting impact on the mother and baby, and I believe that, at a subconscious level, this moment impacts the way that a person will forever relate to love, kinship and the planet.  As we look to heal ourselves, our communities and our planet, we should begin by looking at birth.

The important work of the doula

The critical moments before, during and after birth can shape the entire life of the baby, and lay the foundation for essential family ties. It is critical that mothers know that they are strong and well-equipped for the challenges of pregnancy and labor, and that they are generally perfectly capable of carrying out this sacred task without any unwanted medical interventions that could have negative impacts on the baby. Having the continuous one-on-one support of a doula is proven to shorten labor, reduce interventions (such as pain medication, labor augmentation and cesarean) by offering techniques for relaxation, focus and accessing inner strength. The outcome is a healthier baby, stronger familial bonds, and a truly empowered woman.

Learn more about the work of professional doulas, as well as why they are important through the certifying organization DONA International.

I provide doula services in the Boulder, Co area.

As your doula I will provide you with:

2 prenatal meetings* in which we will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of your intentions for your birth
  • Discuss the respective roles of the midwife or doctor, the father (or other birth partner), family or friends, and myself
  • Prepare your birth plan/birth preferences
  • Go over strategies for staying healthy and low-risk
  • Discover how to best achieve your desired birth outcome using birthing techniques
  • Answer your questions about what to expect during the final stages of pregnancy, birth and after birth
  • Practice prenatal meditations for relaxation and birthing preparation

Basic herbal and aromatherapy support

  • Herbal tea to safely encourage the healthiest birth possible
  • Aromatherapy to energize and sooth mama during labor, as well as to make surges more effective
  • Herbal sitz bath for mama to use after birth

Labor and birth support

  • Ongoing, consistent emotional support and therapeutic physical contact
  • Ideas for staying relaxed and encouraging progression of labor, resulting in pain management and a shorter labor
  • Provision of knowledge and answers to your questions and concerns
  • Encouragement for you to advocate for your birth plan (birth preferences)
  • Information and ideas for your birth partner to provide you with quality attention that makes a difference
  • Support for and facilitation of your loved ones so that you can stay focused on birth
  • Music, aromatherapy, heat/cold therapy, etc. as desired
  • Lactation support immediately after birth

Clean up and organization after birth (homebirths)

  • Help the midwife to disassemble birth set up
  • Do laundry and dishes
  • Restore order to the house

1 postpartum visit

  • Check in on you and baby's emotional and physical health
  • Suggestions for recovery and healing
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Helping you to remember and write down your unique birth story

Resources

As my doula client, you will have access to my extensive list of resources for mothers and families in the Denver/Boulder area.

Email and phone support before your birth

*At least one prenatal meeting will be in person. In some cases, 1 meeting may happen on the phone.

Optional Services

Qualifications and Specializations:

  • I am a DONA International trained doula and am currently working toward my certification.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Familiar with Hypnobabies birthing techniques

Support for your journey

I charge a $720 fee for my birth doula services. I am willing to work on a sliding scale for high need families and single mothers. Please contact me to discuss payment options!

Contact me now to set up a time to meet!

Memberships

Current member (not yet certified).

Current member (not yet certified).

Current Member.

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Sierra with a big sister and a new born baby brother, immediately after birth!

Sierra with a big sister and a new born baby brother, immediately after birth!

Being surrounded by loving support during my pregnancy and birth were very important to me. Sierra has a unique ability to read and relate to people, she meets you on your level. I HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of everything she has to offer. During my pregnancy I enjoyed delicious herbal tea, caring compassionate support, belly henna, and after she encapsulated my placenta. During labor Sierra provided huge support for me and my partner, with a kind touch, a reminder of breath, or a light comment to help me relax between contractions. This was my first birth and I would not change a thing. What a blessing to have such a wonderful spirit as part of my experience.

~ Michelle, Boulder Mama


Wow, what an amazing journey we took with Sierra by our side the whole way through. Honestly, when we started thinking about having Sierra as our doula I thought it was a pretty good idea, but I had NO IDEA how helpful she would be. I consider myself to be a very supportive male partner, but there are just some things that only women understand. Birth is one of them. Sierra was there for my partner in ways that I could never have imagined, providing both emotional and physical support throughout the entire 19+ hour process. If you’re a man wondering whether or not to have a doula, my advice to you: “Dude, just do-ula it”. You will be glad you did.
— James, Boulder Papa
If we hope to create a nonviolent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation or love and trust.
— Suzanne Arms

Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. A Cochrane meta-analysis of 12 trials and more than 15,000 women demonstrated that the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery.
— American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists