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, pregnancy 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 pregnant people. I have a prenatal yoga certification through The Bhaktishop and completed doula training with Mother Tree Doula Services.