Hi! I’m Deanna, mom of 9 and grandmother of 1 so far and I’m a Doula.
1. Why did you decide to become a doula?
I have always believed that knowledge and support can help every family through the process of pregnancy and birth. After watching how my own daughter was ‘left behind’ in her own birth experience by all of the misinformation she was given by friends and family, and the lack of forthcoming information from her medical team, I knew I wanted better for her next time…and better for every mom. You don’t know what you don’t know, and sadly, that opens you up to believing wrong information from others, even experienced moms, and you simply don’t know what to ask your medical team. You get left behind.
2. What are your hobbies, passions, diversions, etc.?
I am a long time homemaker and mother, focusing most of my life and hobbies around family. I sew, work with yarn, garden, bake and create meals from scratch, homeschool, and continue to pursue personal studies of my own through a love of reading. Besides doula work, I am also working to enhance my knowledge of natural healing and plant-based medicines through herbal studies.
3. What is your philosophy about birth?
Women are strong, capable beings. I believe birth has become so medicalized and impersonal that many women have lost their sense of strength in their ability. Pregnancy is not a disease to be treated, it is a process to absorb and to welcome.
4. A little something about your personal life
I obviously have a passion for birth…I have 9 biological babies of my own. My husband and I have a small homestead full of children and animals where we have homeschooled for going on 19 years. Our current project at home is dog rescues. I simply can’t turn down the opportunity to be around babies, lol.
5. What specialties, unique qualities do you have that might make someone want to hire you specifically?
As a mom myself I understand the ups and downs of pregnancy and birth. I can relate to the first-time mom as she journeys into motherhood, as well as to the mom wondering how to manage a newborn with toddlers and other siblings already at home. I have a variety of personal birth experiences of my own…from unplanned pregnancies to emergency cesarean sections to VBACs to high risk issues, and both medicated and natural births. I have suffered through the birth and loss of our daughter at 26 weeks gestation and subsequently aided our hospital in helping high risk moms and those suffering losses by sharing in bereavement support. As a grandmother now, I take an interest in sharing my own knowledge along with evidence-based information so that every mom can have access to their own best birth experience.
As a grandmother now, I take an interest in sharing my own knowledge along with evidence-based information so that every mom can have access to their own best birth experience. As a doula I am there to support you, the birthing family, by helping you know what you don’t know, by sharing evidence-based articles and techniques that will ease your anxieties and empower you to become even more confident with your labor and with your journey into parenthood.
We will work together to find which comfort measures are best suited for you, whether you choose a natural birth, one with pain medications, or even a cesarean section. This is YOUR birth and regardless of the methods you choose, we will work together and make it the best experience for you.
I look forward to meeting with you and discussing how a Doula can benefit your birth experience. Call today to schedule your free consultation!