Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
My birth philosophy:
First and foremost, I believe God divinely appoints His daughters to be mothers. I also believe that if you aren't pregnant yet, that you can become pregnant by standing on God's promises and praying and believing, as Hannah did in 1 Samuel 1. There is much fear that our society has grown accustomed to and mistreatment around birth that women have accepted as normal that is unacceptable. The fear of the unknown drives us to accept providers' interventions and policies. When women are knowledgeable about the birthing process and what methods we can use to be comfortable in the process of birthing, the process itself becomes less fearful, if not fearless!
Therefore, I believe a physiological birth experience for all mothers in the right frame of mind is possible and that we have the potential to all give birth vaginally, if given the opportunity and support needed. There is not near as many Christian resources as secular. Therefore, I am careful in my selection of resources and take them with a grain of salt. There are many that I utilize and we can discuss them at your FREE initial consultation when you hit "YES, I want a doula!" above!
I am a born-again Christian, active in my local church, serving in the nursery and other children's classrooms, and on the intercessory prayer team. My father was also a chaplain in the US Navy for 18 years and I have watched my mother raise us without my father being present in the home much of that time. I've also raised my own child primarily alone due to unforeseen circumstances. These experiences give me the unique ability to help a variety of women.
I have one child, a 9-year-old boy and when I was pregnant with him, I was able to research many things about childbirth and techniques for labor. Upon researching, I decided on a water birth being my ideal method for delivery. I found great midwives that took excellent care of me during my pregnancy. However, when I was in active labor in the hospital and wasn’t fully dilated, the midwife didn’t do much to help me find relaxing positions and keep me moving. In retrospect, if I had hired a birth doula for my labor, I would have labored a shorter period and been more comfortable than I was.
After birth, my son was taken from me for 6 hours to perform his circumcision, which, as I now know takes about 20 minutes. This separation caused my son to develop a sucking dysfunction, most likely having been given formula or a pacifier (without my consent) while separated. It took 8 weeks to correct the sucking dysfunction and get back to a normal breastfeeding routine.
This experience spawned in me a desire to learn more about supporting the breastfeeding mother when I chose to return to work. Even though it was a fairly good experience, I want to help you have an amazing birth story and postpartum stage! I am known to be soft-spoken, gentle, kind, giving, generous, and trustworthy. Rest assured, you are in good hands when you trust Agape Doulas LLC for any of your family needs! I’d love to meet you and hear all about your thoughts on birthing! Book a free consultation today by clicking the YES, I want a doula! button at the top of this page or scroll down to the bottom!
During doula support, you will have round the clock care, massage when you want it, a warm towel or cold compress, a warm bath run, aromatherapy treatment to keep you relaxed, or anything else you may need.
As a Certified Birth Doula, it is my honor to help you make informed decisions about the labor and delivery of your new additions! I also have the gift of helps and what better way to use my gifting than to help bring the amazing creation of babies into the world!
If you need alternative advice from a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor or Certified Postpartum Doula about bottle feeding and/or pumping, I can help you with that as well! Whatever method(s) you choose to feed your baby, I am here to support you in your mothering journey.
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During breastfeeding counseling, you will be cared for with the attention and love you and your baby deserve as you learn breastfeeding techniques that work.
As a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, I help you with breastfeeding questions and concerns and talk through any difficulties you may be having!
Knowing what age and stage your baby typically develops is important. Knowing when to start developing these skills in your baby with various techniques is equally important! As a Certified Postpartum Doula, I am familiar with the stages of baby development and how to help your baby grow to his/her fullest potential!
During Postpartum Doula Support, you will be nurtured along with your family to adapt to this new member of your household. From feeding to laundry, to simply understanding the emotions you're experiencing, or giving you a restful night's sleep while I ten to the baby, it's all taken care of with a postpartum doula. As a Certified Postpartum Doula, I help you navigate the needs of your new baby and family dynamics! I am also trained to recognize early signs of Postpartum Depression and recommend the right help so you can enjoy your baby!
Newborns and infants, in general, can have a difficult time settling down for sleep on their own. As a Certified Postpartum Doula, I have extensive knowledge in different sleep training techniques and co-sleeping. Whatever method you choose, you will be supported and helped along the way!
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