I attended my first birth as a doula in 2011.
It blew my mind and made my heart swell.
What is a doula?
My introduction to an age-old tradition.
I became a doula by chance. I wasn't familiar with what a doula was until my dear friend Sarah asked me to assist in her child's birth. She explained the deep-rooted tradition of women supporting expectant mothers physically, mentally and emotionally during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and after the baby's arrival. I agreed, but had no idea what a wonderful world her invitation would reveal to me. Since then, I have had the joy and honor to attend more births and continually find myself mesmerized by each mother's strength and courage, and the miracle that occurs each time a baby is born.
How can yoga be beneficial during pregnancy?
Yoga and birth weave together so beautifully that whether you're a mama-to-be who is experiencing yoga for the first time, or you already have an established practice, it is a unique and intimate way to experience your relationship with yourself and your baby. A prenatal yoga practice allows space for women to embrace the mental, emotional and physical changes that accompany pregnancy. It can help establish optimal fetal positioning and the skills learned from one's practice can be invaluable during labor. Pregnancy is such a sweet time for a woman to grow to know herself more deeply and cultivate curiosity and tenderness for the journey ahead.
Would you like support during this meaningful time in your life?
I love to blend my knowledge as a yoga therapist and prenatal yoga trained teacher into my work with mothers. I have a prenatal yoga certification through The Bhaktishop and completed doula training with Mother Tree Doula Services and I am currently working on my DONA certification.
Expectant mamas, I would love to meet you and your belly!
Complete the form at the bottom of the page to connect with me about doula services and prenatal yoga.
For me, the journey through pregnancy was just as important as the labor and delivery. I knew that this would likely be my only baby and I wanted pregnancy to be a time of reflection, gratitude and self-love. I met Megan several years prior when she taught at my neighborhood yoga studio, and was instantly drawn to her sincerity, humility and playful spirit.
Throughout my second and third trimester, Megan and I had weekly prenatal yoga sessions. I listened to my body and Megan listened to me, and together we crafted sessions that left me feeling centered and confident. During the months leading up to my due date, she became a confidant whose thoughtfulness and wisdom helped me to fully realize my birth plan.
During the labor, Megan was a rock. She followed my lead and her presence allowed me to surrender to the experience. With her assistance, I was able to deliver my healthy baby girl with no medical interventions. At my request during our initial meetings, Megan also took pictures of my baby girl moments after she was born—pictures that I will forever cherish!
I am so thankful that Megan was with me during the most exhilarating moment in my life and in the months leading up to it. I would recommend her to any mama who wants to incorporate yoga into their pregnancy or simply wants a strong woman by their side as they welcome their new baby into the world.
--Marisa Cantu, mother to Oona Miette Conly
I used Megan as my doula for the birth of my first child, October 2015. I couldn't have asked for a better coach and way to prep. I didn't know what to expect, but I was blown away by the knowledge she shared and the amount of resources she provided both before and after the birth. She met with me multiple times to get to know me, discuss the type of labor and delivery I'd like to have, and to do prenatal yoga and pelvic floor exercises. I felt that I learned more about how I best deal with challenge and pain with her than I did during my child birth classes. If I had it to do all over again I would have skipped the classes and spent more time with Megan. After delivery we focused on repairing the body and discussing resources for new moms. If you are considering using a doula for assistance with natural pain coping techniques (breathing, mantras, images) I'd highly recommend using Megan. If you're like me, you'll walk away with much more than your expected. :)
-Tara Hill, mother to Colsen Hill