Birth is a universal event. It happens every day, everywhere. At the same time, it is an extraordinarily personal experience. The way in which a birth unfolds is as unique as the woman giving birth, and the baby being born.
As a birth doula, my priority is to get to know you--to discover your ideas about birth, about who you are and who you are becoming. When there is a partner involved, then the process expands to include him or her. I want to learn what’s important to both of you, and what visions you might already have for your birth and parenthood. You can share all that you may already know about giving birth, and ask as many questions as you like about the things that are unfamiliar. Together, we will find the information and the answers you need.
In this way I will be able to offer the kind of encouragement and comfort measures that work best for you. My hope is that when your birthing day arrives, you will have the knowledge, the trust and the support to fully experience your very own, very unique birth.
I am also available as a postpartum doula to ease your transition into new or expanded parenthood.
In addition to my experience with both home and hospital births, I have the following skills and qualifications:
-MA, Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute.
-Certified Massage Technician, Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute; additional training in Prenatal/Postpartum Massage.
Mary Shaw, LM (formerly with Santa Barbara Midwifery)
ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators)
Birthing From Within
-Midwife Assistant Trainings:
Heart & Hands (Elizabeth Davis, CPM; co-founder, National Institute of Midwifery)
Santa Barbara Midwifery (Anna Bunting, CNM; Alice Levine, CNM; Laurel Phillips, LM)
-Breastfeeding Support Training:
Kitty Maxwell, RN
Lactation Educator Course; Lactation Education Consultants
-Co-founder, Gibian Wellness Center, Santa Barbara.
-Extensive dance and yoga training.
-Over 20 years experience teaching creative movement and dance for children.
I look forward to supporting you in your birth journey.
Please call to arrange a one-hour consultation at no charge.