What is a Doula?
Doula comes from the Greek word meaning woman caregiver.
A doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.” – DONA
The Doula’s Role
Birth is a significant experience in the life of a mother – one that she will always remember. As a doula, I view my role as one who will support the mother in her needs to help create a beautiful memory of her birth experience. I help the mother and her partner prepare for their birth by providing information to help them make informed decisions. I provide emotional support and physical comfort measures during childbirth. During postpartum, I provide care for the family and newborn in their home. Having doula support during labor has shown to reduce the likelihood of women needing a cesarean section, less need for pain medication, more overall satisfaction with their childbirth experience, among other benefits. See www.dona.org for more details. Postpartum doula care has been shown to reduce postpartum mood disorders and increase breastfeeding success.
As a DONA member, I follow their high standards of practice and code of ethics. As a doula I do not perform medical tasks and I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions.
I am a trained birth and postpartum doula, and DONA international member. I have a bachelor’s degree in human and child development. I am passionate about taking care of families, especially during pivotal life experiences such as bringing a child into the world. Before becoming a doula, I worked as a nanny for many years as well as a professional house cleaner. I have helped many of my friends and family in their homes after they brought their newborns home; this has led to my desire in pursuing doula training.
I have four children of my own and I understand the joys, anxieties and stresses that come with pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. After a difficult birth with my first child, I found the help of a doula extremely beneficial with my next birth to help overcome my fears and facilitate a beautiful birth. I have found the births of my own children to be sacred and powerful experiences. I am especially passionate about helping families receive the support they need postpartum and provide them with relevant resources. When I am not working, I am found with my children as we explore the world, do crafts, or read books together. I also enjoy gardening, sewing and cuddling my cats. I am here to support and guide you during this sacred experience of childbirth and parenthood.
“I had such a fantastic experience with Chelsy as my doula!! There are endless good things to say about her. She is kind and compassionate and I never felt like she was judging me. This was so important at such a vulnerable time. She was so knowledgeable – always ready with an evidence based answer to my questions. She’s a lifelong learner, always ready to do research where needed to help the experience of her clients. She has children of her own and I always felt like she could relate to the ups and downs of childbirth and parenting. During birth, Chelsy was a source of calm – providing options of ways to relax at such a difficult time. She has many tricks up her sleeve – including massage, hip squeeze, and pressure points. She was there to tell me I could do it when I really believed I could not. She was an advocate for me and encouraged me to have the labor plan I wanted. She worked seamlessly with my partner to support me every step of the way. I could not have done it without her!“– Stephanie C.
“Chelsy is INCREDIBLE. I couldn’t imagine my first birth experience without her. She brought a sweet attitude and calming presence to both my husband and I throughout our labor and delivery at home. Her recommendations for coping through each contraction was exactly what I needed and her constant reassurance that I was capable of enduring each contraction were so helpful. I don’t have enough words for our appreciation of Chelsy as our doula!!”– Lauren C.
“I cannot say enough great things about having Chelsy as my doula. This was my first birth and deciding to go natural in our home she offered endless support. Her knowledge on how to help encourage my baby into the right position with different labor positions and calming presence was amazing! She offered continued support before, during and after birth. I highly recommend if you are looking for a doula!”– Morgan H.
“Chelsy is an amazing postpartum doula. She is warm, professional, and knowledgeable. She did a fabulous job caring for my baby and two older children while I got some rest. She is very competent and calm and is experienced with children. She is one of the very few people I trust to watch all three of my children at the same time. She took care of some housework and food preparation and definitely lightened my load. My toddlers loved spending time with her and asked for her to come back!”– Sharisa A.
“Chelsy is awesome!!! We had Chelsy as our postpartum doula for 2 weeks after birth of my first baby boy. I had no clue what to do with a newborn baby and needed some help. Chelsy was such an amazing help! She helped me to build up my confidence with the baby. She taught me and my husband all the newborn basics. I could get extra sleep while she was with the baby:) Also Chelsy helped around the house with food prep and laundry. I cannot imagine what I would do without her help. It was great to have someone I was comfortable around and could trust. Highly recommended!”-Julia B.
“I can assuredly proclaim now after two babies that the newborn phase is far from my favorite. I feel helpless, exhausted, and out-of-control. I struggle with the vacillating emotions, the lack of sleep, and the constant feeling like I’m falling behind. To top it off, I’m miserable at accepting help. Even with the loving support of my family, I need someone to help me pick up the pieces emotionally and physically. I needed someone to lean on that predicted exactly what I needed and was helping me even if I wasn’t ready to ask anyone else. Chelsy was so wonderful, and I’m so grateful for her. My family is so comfortable with her, and her calming and gentle presence is exactly what I needed. She gracefully came in helped with my toddler, helped with my baby, helped with my home, and helped me find balance with life with two children, and she encouraged me in directions I needed to go. I highly recommend reaching out. She is the postpartum support we all need and deserve.”– Erin G.