This month, I would like to introduce to you Alyssa Leon. I first met Alyssa when she was being mentored by another doula. Since that time, she has become a wonderful doula in her own right. She offers a doula-only package, or she can do birth photography and placenta encapsulation for her families as well. Enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Alyssa from Cherry Blossom Doula Services.
When was the first
time you heard the word, “doula”?
I had first heard the word Doula when I was
pregnant with my second child and had switched to a midwifery based
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
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.
Our "Meet the Doula" feature is back. This month we are featuring Laura Pruett, MT-BC. I met Laura at a Doula Care meeting for active doulas. I am so pleased to introduce her to our students and readers today. She has much more than traditional doula skills to offer her clients.
SPB: When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
first time I heard the word “doula” was when my friend found out that our
mutual friend was a doula. She asked if, as a doula, she
could take out her IUD for her.
What is a doula?? A good doula is a valuable addition to your birth team. HERE and HERE are some posts from our archives if you want to do a little more reading. Be sure to check out all the wonderful doulas we have interviewed by clicking on the "Meet the Doula" category on the left side of the blog as well. Next week is World Doula Week. To kick off the festivities, the Arizona Birth Network is hosting a Doula Date Night. Here is some information they have shared about their event:
I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at MommyCon Phoenix last year (April 2013). Since then, we have reconnected in on-line forums and kept in touch. I am thrilled to be able to feature her as June's Doula of the Month.
About Sara: I'm passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and through labor and delivery. I am a birth activist, lactivist, essential oil lover, garden growing, crafter, and stilleto-wearing granola-momma lover of all things holistic and naturaopathic.
Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona
in the last month. Welcome to the heat, Sue!! Thank you to our
friends atModern Mommy
for helping us make the connection!When was
the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my
son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing
center with the assistance of a doula.How
did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA). Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement. It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling. I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart. Enjoy getting to know Laura!
About Laura: I am a DONA certified birth
doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
Tolleson, and Goodyear.
Here is a neat business I would like to introduce you to – baby concierge is an emerging industry that is of particular interest to our students and readers. Stephanie Antoinette is the Founder & M.O.M. (Master of Multitasking) at J’aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette Mommy & Bébé Concierge. She is like a wedding planner, except for all things mom and bébé!
BIO: I am the mother of two beautiful
girls and have a baby on the way! My husband Andrew is an incredible father, he
is my best friend and number one fan!
This month I would like to introduce you to one of my Bradley Method® colleagues, Zabrina Pell. She is a wonderful instructor, and as you will read, a doula and a lactation educator. I hope you will enjoy getting to know her through her interview.
About Zabrina: My husband and I are
blessed to have had five beautiful children. My first child was born in
2001 having had no childbirth classes or training at all. Although
it was an uncomplicated natural birth for the most part, it felt very