Who Am I?
Treasured Birth, LLC
University of Minnesota, Bachelors of Science in Family Social Sciences Major, Gottman Childbirth Educator, Certified DONA Birth Doula, Certified Hypnobabies Birth Doula, Certified Educator, Student Certified Professional Midwifery Student, and soon to be Licensed Massage Therapist as well as the Owner/Operator of Treasured Birth, LLC.
As a wife of 23 years, homeschooling mother of three for 21 years, a former licensed in-home family daycare provider of 13 years, a Doula of 20+ years. family is extremely important to me. I continue to enjoy helping others build healthy and happy families by following my calling to support women and their families in childbirth. I bring to you my extensive experience and knowledge, my caring heart, and my skilled hands.
I have supported expecting parents in the hospital, as well as out of the hospital. I greatly respect our local community and its cultural and social diversity. It is my personal goal that everyone who wishes to, has an empowered and "Treasured Birth" experience!
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Why Do We Need Doulas?
Worldwide, there are few societies that exist in which women give birth alone and unaided. The social nature and significance of birth ensures that this biological, and intensely personal process carries a heavy cultural overlay. This fact supports the evidence that engaging the assistance of a Doula during pregnancy, labor and birth is important in Expecting Couples preparation for their baby's arrival.
According to Van Gennep in 1908:
“Birth is a rite of passage that embodies a culture’s deepest beliefs, which are transmitted and reaffirmed during this critical, transitional time."
According to Sheila Kitzinger, 1978:
“Birth practices point to the core values of the culture, and tell the observer a great deal about the way a culture views the world, and women’s place in it.”
In cultures where women have high status there is a rich set of nurturing traditions that develop around birth. In cultures where women’s status is low, the opposite occurs. Bringing a supportive presence, such as a Doula, creates an atmosphere of calm, of reassuring presences, or respect for the power of women.
In the United States, within the hospital environment laboring women are regularly presented with many and varied technological interventions. Media presents this birth approach as being the "best in care" and the general population accepts this method as"prestigious."
Knowlege of the processes and tradtions of birth in our Western Culture, enable expecting couples to make empowered choices for their birth. The confidence and help of an experienced and trained Doula empowers families during the pregnancy and birth process. The calming presence of a Doula alleviates stress, and allows for the birth to happen in a naturally supported environment.