currently accepting: Jax & St. Augustine Birth Doula clients with due dates of late Oct-early Nov. 2017 and Feb-early March 2018
Why do I Doula? Here is what I believe and know to be true for me: Birth is sacred... Birth is intimate...Indeed, as intimate as the act that got you here. Birth should be honored and protected. I believe that is part of what I do as a your Doula. I honor your Birth Sanctuary, I protect your Birth Focus, I guide your Birth Companion, I watch over your unborn babe... How I love the beauty of a woman in the throes of transition.
A Birth Sanctuary? Why, yes! Of course! Why shouldn't birth be peaceful, calm, and beautiful...As well as exuberant, thrilling, and vibrant! This is the most exquisite experience of your life. Babies are born, mothers are made, partners and fathers step forward. Oh! Savor these moments. They may be fleeting but these moments of your birth are never forgotten. These are stories that will be told time and again to your little one. What do you want that story to be?
One of the things that I feel very strongly about is that, no matter what happens in birth, much of my role is to guide and help parents to be thoughtful and educated in their decisions, so that at the end of the journey - no matter via vaginal birth or cesarean birth - they KNOW that they made the best of decisions along the way. That they feel proud and fulfilled in their experience. So much of parenting is navigating these rivers of choices and then, so very often, needing to manage detours as long the way. Plan A becomes Plan B becomes Plan C becomes...
Memmy's Mommas Say: "Emily was my guardian angel! She made my birthing experience perfect. She was always a call or text away before the birth and after. Once in labor, if I could even call it that, Emily was always one step ahead. She gave me the strength that I never knew I had. During the transition stage, Emily helped talk me through my fears and gave me the confidence and courage needed to birth my little boy. I can honestly say that my birthing experience was perfect because of Emily!" -Dani
"We will be forever thankful for the support and encouragement that Emily provided during our pregnancy and delivery. She has a calming presence that helped me to have the confidence that I could have the natural birth that I wanted. We took HypnoBirthing classes with Emily to prepare for the birth and learned many tools to use during labor . My water broke at home and surges were 2-3 minutes apart within an hour. Emily decided it was best to meet us at the hospital. As soon as I arrived at the hospital, Emily met me in the lobby and immediately began coaching me through the surges. She was right by my side throughout my 4 hours of labor in the hospital. She reminded me to take a deep breath and stay relaxed throughout the process. She also allowed my husband to enjoy the process and she reminded him of tools he could use to support me. Her knowledge and experience helped make my Birthing experience everything I wanted it to be. I couldn't imagine bringing my son into the world without her by my side." - Kristin
"When we first met you, we immediately felt loved and cared for, and knew we wanted you to be a part of our preparation and birth experience! Your passion for what you do is so evident, and you helped us to seek out the right care for us based on the type of birth we envisioned." - Emma
A superb article written about the Evidence for the effectiveness of Doulas.
To read about some of my clients say about their Doula experiences, click HERE or Here.
Below are some pix from past seasons.. I have the best job EVER!