Birth is a beautiful reminder that we are indeed made in the likeness and image of our Creator. Whether your birth is physical or spiritual, there is no doubt a divine event taking place that fills ones soul with joy and excitement!
My interest to become a labor assistant sparked when I attended the birth of my godson and witnessed the lack of support available to his mother during her labor and delivery. As bad as I desired to assist, I was unsure of what to do and how much I was allowed to do.
From that moment I decided to educate myself in the area of childbirth, be used as an instrument of support and serve in the capacity of a doula …here I am today!
My purpose is to help women birth their best selves holistically; spirit, soul, and body.
I am a DONA International certified labor doula with over 10 years of labor assisting experience, and also a certified traditional postpartum birthworker specializing in holistic healing by way of Morocco. I offer emotional, physical, and spiritual support during family planning, the prenatal period, birth, and the postpartum trimester. My hope is that you are not left with unanswered questions and regrets about your birth experience, your postpartum period, or important decisions regarding your reproductive health, therefore I present you with information that will guide you to make knowledgeable choices as it concerns your labor, delivery and beyond.
As your Doula I am able to assist you as much as you allow me to. Keep in mind that I am not here to replace your support system, but to compliment them so you may have a more comfortable and even pleasurable birth and postpartum experience.
I look forward to journeying through this season with you!
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MEET DOULA NATASHA
Beloved Bellies, what a difference your presence made! My first child was supposed to be born at home, however, due to the lack of support we ended up going to the hospital. After that experience I knew for sure, "Not me again"! My second was a successful homebirth, however, very challenging to say the least. My friends and mother were there to assist, and although very helpful, they were not experienced with homebirth. My 3rd birth was amazingly different. With Doula Tasha knowing where to press and when to press, what to say and when to say it, when to assist and when to back off, my birthing experience rose to a whole other level...and I am ever grateful for her support. While my mother and sister friend froze during the pushing session, Doula Tasha helped me through the transition. It's after the birth that Doula Tasha actually had the most work to do. I was extremely weak and tired and she provided the best postpartum care I have yet to experience. She was literally there and she will definitely be by my side for any births to come. Patient, nurturing and compassionate are just a few words I would use to describe Doula Tasha's support.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula and what do they do?
Doula is a Greek word which means a woman who serves. History depicts this person as one who offers support during childbirth. Today doulas operate not only as labor assistants, but also as a source of information and support throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Doulas provide non-medical care to the mother leading up to and throughout labor, delivery, and after baby is born. During the postpartum period, doula's trained in traditional Moroccan medicine nurtures, nourishes, and celebrates the new mother, aiding in her holistic wellbeing.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, and reduces the mother’s need/request for medication (i.e. labor-inducing drugs, epidurals). Women with doula assistance report greater satisfaction with their birth experience and during their postpartum period, make more positive assessments of their babies, and are less likely to experience postpartum depression.
What is the difference between a midwife and a birth doula?
A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle.
A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
What is a birth plan?
A birth plan states what you would like to happen during your labor and the delivery of your baby. It lists your support person/persons (husband, mother, doula), what tools you would like to use (birth ball, massager, lighting, candles, music, essential oils), where you would like to have your baby (hospital, birth center, home birth, water birth), and if you are interested in pain relief (demerol, epidural).