Meet this month's doula, Michelle Ludwig. She and I have met at doula meet and greets and at birth events - she was one of the fabulous doulas at Bradley Day 2014. Enjoy her "interview" and if you like what you read, her contact information is at the end of today's post.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant with our first baby, I did what most first time mamas do. I googled...and googled...and googled. I knew having a doula was a non-option!
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
I knew my heart always wanted to follow a path into childbirth education. Living on call 24/7 intimidated me about being a doula. My best friend (and my personal doula) encouraged me to explore my options and once I dove in I knew it was indeed the life for me :)
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I do strictly birth work.
How long have you been a doula?
I've been a doula for 3 years and have attended around 160 births. I'm a DONA certified doula, have a been trained by the lovely Gail Tulley for Spinning Babies, and trained in placenta encapsulation.
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
The "I did it face". When a mama looks up to their partner and has that smile that stretches from ear to ear. I love when couples know all their options and really individualize their birth process.
What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
“Your body. Your baby. Your Birth.” I'm your travel guide; never deciding your destination, just helping you find the path to where you desire to go.
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I want birth to be intimate. I want you to connect deeper than you ever have. My desire is to give the correct set of tools to the couple and to let them run with it. I'm right by their side helping them with positioning and questions, but this is their birth and I want everything to be focused on them.
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?
How did you handle it?
I like to consider myself pretty resilient. I've been thrown some curve balls in life, but everything is always temporary. You gotta keep on keepin’ on.
What keeps you working as a doula?
I love, love, love what I do. I'm blessed to have a very busy business and lots of mom's and dad's to help. Every birth is different; I love how special my job is.
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours? Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My basic package includes a meet and great, a prenatal meeting (where we play a labor simulation game and go over so many ways to improve your labor experience), unlimited labor support, photography during birth, edited digital photos, and a postpartum visit.
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I am incredibly experienced in placenta encapsulation. I offer extended packages that include more photography, IBCLC visits, essential oil kits and much more :)
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
My 3.5 and 1.5 year old girls keep me pretty busy. I'm married to a fine dining chef so we love to try out the latest new restaraunt and explore local farms. I'm also a huge football fan!
Michelle Ludwig CD(DONA)
♡♡♡Your Body. Your Baby. Your Birth♡♡♡
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