Support, Continuous Care, Comfort & Empowerment
I first learned about doulas almost 5 years ago while I was expecting my first. As my husband and I began to navigate this new journey of pregnancy and prenatal care, it all seemed so overwhelming and I knew I wanted the support of a doula. My amazing doula was just what my husband and I needed as we began the crazy ride of pregnancy, birth and an intense postpartum recovery. Her patience, intuition and confidence were worth more than I could have ever imagined.
Two years later, my husband and I were expecting our second and having a doula on our birth team seemed like second nature. During this time I began to read every book I could find on pregnancy support, the role of a doula, and postpartum recovery. I knew caring and supporting families as a doula was what I was made to do.
As a Mom with two children, I believe each and every birth is an empowering and incredible experience. I love to share with my clients that this isn't about my birth or my experiences, but your journey and your birth. I love when my clients look back on their birth story were empowered in their decisions, felt compassionate care and knew they were supported in every step of the way. It is an honor each and every time to be invited into my client's space as they enter this new world of pregnancy and parenthood.
Ultimately, I am here to support your birth, your way! From clients who have chosen an elective induction, to clients who have given birth in the living room of their home, as your doula I provide continuous support for you and your birth preferences. I have great joy in providing emotional, educational and physical support during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum time.
As a Mom who struggled with postpartum anxiety, I know how important having support after your baby can be. One of my favorite things about being a doula is caring for my clients in the weeks following the birth of their child. Every postpartum experience looks different but having compassionate support can make a world of difference.
My journey into doula work and childbirth education began almost 20 years ago when I discovered a copy of Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. I instantly became a self-certified birth junkie! Ever since then I have been devouring information about pregnancy and childbirth. I believe your birth is a unique and wonderful experience, in which you deserve to be informed, respected and supported. My goal as a childbirth educator is that you learn to make empowered decisions, and find an inner strength that is more powerful than you have ever known. My hope for your birth is that you are transformed as a woman in a positive way and feel competent and capable in your new role as a mother.
I have had the privilege of attending births for over 12 years, all while giving birth to four of my own children. My own four very different birth experiences have really left a lifelong imprint on me as a woman, as a mother, and as a childbirth educator and doula. I have given birth once at home and three times at the hospital, including twice by unplanned cesarean. With each of my births, I had loving and strong doulas by my side. It was through my own difficult and beautiful birth journeys, that I learned that every birth has the potential to be empowering and that hiring a doula is one of the best ways to ensure exactly that. I am happy to support your birthing goals, whatever they may be.
I have a background in health sciences, psychology and education, which have helped me so much in my work with women and families.
I am passionate about breastfeeding and mothering. I am currently working on my path to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have breastfed my four children, through many difficulties and struggles, and have remained a committed nursing mother and mentor to others.
"Alyssa was amazing and I'm so thankful that we had her by our sides as our Doula! She helped my husband be able to effectively help me during labor and made it an anxiety free time! I had a wonderful labor experience, unlike last time without a Doula. It was such a drastic difference! I HIGHLY recommend her. She is so sweet, down to earth, and is incredibly knowledgeable!!" ~ Erin L
Why Hire A Doula?
Women who had continuous labor support often in the form of a doula experienced a 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin, 28% decrease in cesarean birth, 12% increase in spontaneous vaginal delivery, 9% decrease in pain medications administered and 14% decrease in the risk of newborns needing time in the special care nursery according to Hodnett et al in a 2012 Cochrane review of Continuous Support During Labor.
In Greek the word DOULA literally means "servant". As doulas we provide, physical, emotional and educational support to women during her prenatal, birth and postpartum time.