MEET THE DOULAS
toLabor Certified Birth Doula
My journey to doula work started before my first daughter was born. I was able to see other women in my family have natural births and home births. So, when I found out I was pregnant in 2008, I knew I wanted a natural birth. After my husband and I took The Bradley Method® Childbirth Education Class and had a wonderful birth experience at a birth center, I decided I would like to do more in the “Birth World”. I had the opportunity to becomes a certified childbirth educator, certified doula (toLabor), train as a placenta encapsulator (PBi), and learn and practice sacred belly binding. I’ve enjoyed working with families and specifically love helping them identify their goals for labor, birth, and newborn care and support them in those goals! I believe everyone should feel empowered by their birth experience regardless of the path that baby takes to be born. I absolutely love working with these four other amazing doulas and have experienced first hand having a wonderful doula (Christina!) at the labor of my third daughter. She was instrumental in helping me in accomplishing the goals I had for that birth. I wish the same for every mom.
toLabor Certified Birth Doula
When I gave birth to my first son in the hospital, I was given an epidural for pain relief. Both my son and I experienced serious side effects from it. When I became pregnant for the second time, I learned about pregnancy, my body, and how to have a natural childbirth. With the help and support of my endearing and wonderful coach, the birth was unmediated with no intervention and absolutely beautiful! This inspired me to help other families to achieve a natural childbirth. I became a certified childbirth educator after this momentous event. I soon started attending births as a doula and am happy to now have four wonderful partners to share doulas services with. My goal is to help women have the best, safest, and most rewarding birth experience possible. I believe that with the right instruction, mental attitude and support, most women can achieve a natural childbirth if that is what they desire. It is one of the most beautiful experiences to watch a new life come into this world. Breastfeeding became another passion for me after nursing my sons and I am a Certified Lactation Specialist offering in-home breastfeeding support as well as postpartum doula support.
DONA International Certified Birth Doula
During my first pregnancy, my husband and I took childbirth education classes with Natural Baby Doulas and we desired a natural birth, but we didn't hire them to be our doulas. My first birth was a good experience overall, but we absolutely regretted not having a doula present because I was overcome by pain at one point in my labor, didn't know what to do, and got a narcotic. For my next three pregnancies, I hired Natural Baby Doulas without hesitation. My doulas made the biggest difference for me and they were so amazing for my husband too. I had three more beautiful natural births with their wisdom and support on my side. After my third birth, I decided that I wanted to become a doula because I love and respect birth and I want to help moms reach their birth goals and have positive experiences - I know this is much more attainable with the caring support of a doula. I love processing birth with moms, helping them learn how to wear their babies, and helping to lead our postpartum support group. As a former high school teacher, I enjoy teaching our childbirth education classes along with Sarah. I am DONA certified, trained by Spinning Babies and StillBirthday, and I have experience supporting a variety of moms and partners in labor.
DONA International Certified Birth Doula
When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we knew immediately that we wanted to hire a doula. We were thankful to meet Christina, who we utilized for childbirth education, birth doula services, and lactation support. From the beginning, I desired a natural birth experience at home with a midwife and doula, but due to pre-eclampsia, I ended up having to be induced in a hospital. Christina understood my desire to still achieve as natural of a birth as possible and with her support, I was able to labor without any pain medication or an epidural. Because of this, I cannot imagine ever giving birth without a doula present. I have always admired the strength of mothers and my own birth spurred a desire in me to service others the way that Christina served me. I am DONA Certified, trained by Spinning Babies and StillBirthday, and trained by APPA in placenta encapsulation. I love meeting moms and their partners and helping them to feel educated and empowered during their entire pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experience. Being fully supported and encouraged is key to a successful start to motherhood and I am honored to be invited into your birthing spaces during one of the pivotal moments of your lives.
DONA International Trained Birth Doula
I grew up hearing my Mom retell my own birth story. I was her third baby and she had an unmedicated induction! With her example of having four natural births, I believed I could do natural birth, too. Ultimately, it was my choice of care providers and team of support around me that made it possible. I absolutely LOVED birthing my 3 babies- each its own unique adventure! My husband likes to say we had one by land, one by car, and one by sea (water birth). My goal going into each birth was health, courage, willingness to be vulnerable, choice in care provider & birth setting, and good support. I knew I wanted to be a doula right after the birth of my first child, 9 years ago. It is an incredible honor to be invited as a doula to enter in and hold those spaces sacred as new life enters the world. I believe in the power of community and that birth and motherhood at its best, is done with with the support of others helping achieve goals together. In addition to birth support, I offer postpartum doula services along with Christina. I am bilingual (English & German) and am passionate about being culturally sensitive and involved in international births. I gave birth to my youngest in another country with a care provider who didn’t speak my mother tongue and I know the unique challenge it is to be out of your comfort zone linguistically. I would be honored to support moms and families of all backgrounds and cultures!
Natural Baby Doulas
Natural Baby Doulas was founded in 2012 by Christina Flaherty and Sarah Carter. Both had years of experience working individually as childbirth educators and doulas. After working together a few times, they realized that a partnership would give them the ability to better support expectant moms and offer other important services. Since then, Natural Baby Doulas has expanded to a group of five doulas and has added in-home lactation consultation, placenta encapsulation, belly binding, and postpartum support. Moms enjoy this full spectrum of services and the reliability of multiple doulas.