Grace Burnham works in partnership with Amanda Santana of Enchanted Desert Doulas. I have the pleasure of having known both of them for the last three years - they are both talented and have much more to offer their clients beyond their doula skills.
SPB: When was the first time you heard the word "doula"?
GB: I was 19 the first time I heard the word doula. I was thinking about massage school, and I was reading a massage magazine and when I saw the term “massage doula". I looked it up right away and I knew that was something I wanted to do.
SPB: How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
GB: As soon as I learned what professional labor support was, I knew it was some something I wanted to do. I researched training options and found the Seattle Midwifery School doula program. The first birth I observed was a birth center water birth. I was hooked after that experience. Since then, I have seen many different kinds of births at different places. Every one reaffirms my connection to this work.
SPB: Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
GB: I do both birth and postpartum doula work. I enjoy both for different reasons.
SPB: How long have you been a doula?
GB: It feels like forever since I became a doula, I have been a doula for 7 years and originally l trained with Seattle Midwifery School's DONA program. I later trained with Massage Doula. Along with that, I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Lactation Educator Counselor.
SPB: What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
GB: Everything! I like watching couples or individuals grow and become families. I like supporting people during difficult experiences and watching them process and grow. I like helping people find their power and become their own advocate. Also, babies!
SPB: What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
GB: My philosophy in the birth space is it’s not my space, it’s not the care providers space, it’s the families space. I ask myself when walking into a birth space, “How can I help this family find their own power?" I absolutely want my clients to feel empowered by their birth experience.
SPB: How do you work with and involve the Coach?
GB: It’s the family’s birth and I am there to support them, so I coach the coach. I pay attention to the coach’s needs, making suggestions for them, or offering pep talks. I want partners to feel empowered by the birth experience so they start off on the right foot as empowered parents.
SPB: What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with? How did you handle it?
GB: Without going into too much detail, I had a client who was struggling in a way that she wasn’t able to care for her infant and older children, so I was worried about their safety. I was left feeling like this mom needed more help to be able to parent and didn’t want her to end up with social services involvement. I worked with her family to get her professional help as well as providing additional postpartum hours. It was worth it and now they are thriving.
SPB: What keeps you working as a doula?
GB: The birth high after a new baby comes into this world. I can’t imagine birth work not being a part of my life in some way. It's one of those things that I feel I was meant to do.
SPB: What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours? Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
GB: I work with another Doula, Amanda. Our base fee covers 3 prenatal visits and 2 postpartum visits. Access to two doulas for unlimited questions or concerns via phone, email, or text prenatally as well as a doula at your birth. I or Amanda attend the birth from when you call and want one of us there until the family is settled and baby is fed— usually 2-4 hours postpartum. The rate is the same regardless of how long labor is. In addition to our base fee all birth doula clients can add massage, postpartum hours, or other services at a discounted rate.
SPB: Do you offer any other services to your clients?
GB: In addition to birth and doula work, I offer massage, couples and infant massage classes, breastfeeding and baby wearing classes.
SPB: Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
GB: When I am not doulaing I am lifting weights and watching Star Trek, but mostly lifting weights lately.
How to reach Grace and Amanda
Phone or Text: 480-420-8797
Doula Match Profile http://doulamatch.net/profile/6167/grace-burnham
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