Motherwell Doula Care

BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

About Me

I am a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula serving growing families since 2005. Over the past twelve years I have seen again and again that thriving families have abundant support. It is an honor to provide that support during pregnancy, birth and the early days with your new baby.

My intention as a doula is to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing for families during times of transition. I serve my clients with respect, compassion and non-judgment. I trust that you have the wisdom to navigate this time in your life in your own way. I follow your lead in all things and provide information and support along the way.

I have birth doula experience with hospital and home births, surgical births and VBAC. I have postpartum doula experience with twins, overnights, loss, emotional complications, feeding challenges, in-hospital support, the NICU and more. I enjoy working with all kinds of families and parenting styles. In particular, I aim to provide safe and affirming care to LGBTQ+ and polyamorous families. As a certified doula I consistently pursue continuing education that enriches and deepens the care I offer families.

After attending a mind blowing weekend with legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin in 2004 I became interested in supporting families during pregnancy, labor and the early days of parenting. The doula role felt like a good match for my strengths, personality and lifestyle. While working as a nanny part time I rapidly pursued training and certification with DONA and loved my first experiences with birth. I was hooked!

When I became pregnant myself in 2006 I decided to take a break from doula work and focus on my own experience of motherhood. Birth and postpartum were life altering on many levels. I experienced the pleasure of a supported birth and the pain of feeding challenges followed by a long period of emotional complications including anxiety and depression.

In 2008 I moved with my young family from Brooklyn to rural New York state. The culture shock and isolation I experienced there taught me the immense value of community and support networks for parents. During this period I completed my postpartum doula certification while caring for my young son, raising chickens and goats and growing vegetables on a homestead scale. In 2010 we moved to Ashfield and fell in love with Western Massachusetts. My son started preschool and I founded Motherwell Doula Care.

From 2011 to 2014 I served as the family coordinator for It Takes a Village, a free neighbor to neighbor postpartum support organization. I trained volunteers in the community to provide postpartum support visits to families with newborns living in the Hilltowns. In 2012 I founded a support group based on the MotherWoman model to serve rural mothers of young children.

In 2014 we welcomed a second child into our family after a long season of infertility. These days I am joyfully balancing doula work with raising my kids, facilitating support groups, volunteering with It Takes a Village, and farming on a homestead scale.

As of November 2016, I have supported over 70 families. I am proud of the quality of service and depth of experience I am able to offer my clients. I love the doula role and am committed to serving families for years to come.

I look forward to talking with you about your family and learning how I can be of service to you. If you have any questions, please be in touch!

 

Experience + Training

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2016
Provided labor support to three families at Holyoke Medical Center, one family at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, one family at The Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center and one family at Berkshire Medical Center
Provided postpartum support to five families
Co-facilitated MotherWoman support groups in Ashfield
Served as Treasurer of the Board for the Green River Network
Presented the It Takes a Village neighbor-to-neighbor postpartum support model to a gathering of postpartum professionals and parents at Babymoon and Beyond presented by Nancy Madru of Nurture the Mother

2015
Provided labor support to two families at the Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center, two families at Holyoke Medical Center and one family at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Provided postpartum support to one family
Co-facilitated MotherWoman support groups in Ashfield
Applied for and received Birth Doula Recertification by DONA International
Attended:

2014
Provided labor support to one family at the Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center
Provided postpartum support to two families
Gave birth to my second child
Served as the Family Coordinator for the Hilltown Village (aka It Takes a Village) and oversaw the transition to a new leadership team
Co-facilitated MotherWoman support groups in Ashfield
Attended:

2013
Provided labor support to two families at The Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center and one family birthing at home
Provided postpartum support to seven families
Served as the Family Coordinator for the Hilltown Village (aka It Takes a Village)
Co-facilitated MotherWoman support groups in Amherst, Ashfield and Cummington
Applied for and received Postpartum Doula Re-certification by DONA International
Attended:

  • Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition meetings
  • Sleep Consultancy presentation by Beth Grams Haxby
  • Developmental Movement Mat Chat with Lenore Grubinger of Amajoy
  • Birth Doula Refresher Workshop with Michelle L'Esperance
  • BACE-NMC Breastfeeding Conference
  • The Work for Birth Professionals with Terri Nash
  • Speedy Birth for Doulas with Michelle L'Esperance
  • MotherWoman Facilitator Refresher with Liz Friedman and Annette Cycon

2012
Provided labor support to one family at The Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center
Provided postpartum support to eight families
Served as the Family Coordinator for the Hilltown Village (aka It Takes a Village)
Applied for and received Birth Doula Re-certification by DONA International
Attended:

2011
Provided postpartum support to four families as a volunteer for It Takes a Village
Two of these families hired me to provide additional weekly support
Provided labor support for one family at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Attended the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, Postpartum Emotional Complications Workshop with MotherWoman, Better Cesarean Birth - VBAC with Michelle L'Esperance and regular meetings of the Green River Doula Network
Served as Family Coordinator for It Takes a Village

2010
Received my postpartum doula certification
Joined the Green River Doula Network
Provided labor support for one family as a Volunteer Doula at Baystate Springfield Medical Center
Provided postpartum support for three families as a volunteer for It Takes a Village

2009
Re-trained with DONA-approved birth doula trainer Tara Powe and received my birth doula re-certification

2006-2008
Provided postpartum doula services to four families

2006
Received my birth doula certification
Trained with DONA-approved postpartum doula trainer Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Gave birth to my first child

2005
Trained with DONA-approved birth doula trainer Connie Sultana
Provided birth doula services at four births

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