Hi, I'm Dawn, I'm excited to be a postpartum doula and the possibility of creating a supportive home environment that fosters bonding with your baby, helping you find rest, comfort, and healing after birth.
I provide care for the new mother in a variety of ways: emotional support, assessing her current needs, staying overnight, and giving referrals to community family resources as well as care professionals, as requested. I also provide practical support by doing light housekeeping, meal preparation, and even just holding the baby for a while so you can have time to take a shower or a nap.
I also understand how hard it can be for some moms to ask for help, and can show you ways to both get things done efficiently and also elicit the help you need from extended family so you can focus on your most important task during this time: bonding with your baby. I can help make sure you are comfortable while nursing for optimal breastfeeding, as well as your comfort with various carriers used for baby wearing. I also love engaging with older siblings and keeping them occupied and busy!
My background in early childhood education, in particular, Montessori, and I completed the Montessori teaching program through Cal State East Bay a few years prior to the birth of my daughter. My wish to become a postpartum doula came after my own experience giving birth and all I learned during this time. The birth of my first child did not go as I planned. My third trimester of pregnancy was complicated by preeclampsia, which resulted in an emergency c-section. She had difficulty latching, so we struggled at first with breastfeeding, but the support I received from both professionals and my peers enabled us to nurse successfully. A couple of years later, when I found myself pregnant again, I decided to seek out the help and support of doulas to help me with the transition to caring for my daughter and a newborn. With my birth doula by my side, my son was born a VBAC home-birth as I had hoped. My mother and sisters lived across the country, but my postpartum doula was there to help me adjust. I also formed friendships with other new moms who were going through the same things, and we continued to support and encourage each other as our babies grew into toddlers and then into big kids. During my 12 years as a stay-at-home mom, I knew that I wanted to someday become a doula, specializing in the postpartum time.
I am passionate about participating in a connected community, spending time in nature with my family, cooking and baking, sewing, and petting and playing with our furry family members: 2 cats and 2 rabbits.
It is my wish to foster a relaxing and restful experience for new moms and to build the confidence of new fathers as well. Your relationship with your child will sprout and flourish from the seeds of support you receive and sow at this time. Both parents should come through the postpartum time feeling grounded and confident.