Expert Advice

Some Facts:

  • Women who use doulas are more likely to breastfeed successfully.
  • The presence of a birth attendant who provides continuous physical support shortens the length of labor.
  • A trained coached who provides comfort measures reduces the need for pain medication.
  • Moms who have an advocate on the birth team tend to report higher satisfaction with their birth outcomes.
  • Moms who have support have lower rates of post-partum depression.

Healthier Births

The Low Down on Doulas:

A doula offers professionally trained labor support throughout your birth to support you physically, emotionally, and with information to help you make the right choice for you!

There are many ways to give birth.
There is no one right way,
but I bet there is a way that's right for you.

I never make choices for you.  You're the boss, and I always follow your lead.  I'm not a nurse, or a midwife, nor do I have any kind of medical training.

Think of me as a childbirth educator who comes to your home during your labor to keep you comfortable using hands-on techniques like massage, helping you stay calmer by giving you information when you need it.

Long Beach Doula
Easier Births, Happier Moms!

As a former litigator, my specialty is negotiation. Negotiation skills are critical to successfully navigating hospital policies, routines, and standard procedures.  
Pregnancy and birth is full of choices: 
where to deliver, whether to induce, get an epidural, how much monitoring, whether to vaccinate, etc. 

My personal philosophy is:

You have to do what is right for you.
No one else is walking in your shoes. 

Wherever and however women give birth, moms who have a birth doula are more satisfied overall with their experience.  

Moms who bring a lawyer-turned-doula (that's me!) have an experienced negotiator to help them get what they want in the hospital, and if mom's plans change, I  continue to support her to have her best birth.

My Motto is:

Every mom is doing the best she can with the available information at the time.  Period.

Relieving Stress since 2008

Women who give birth with a doula have fewer C-sections and lower rates of post-partum depression.