-Serving the Greater Portland Area-
Hi, I’m Vanessa. I am a student doula and massage therapist. I’m also currently in the process of applying to Birthingway’s midwifery program for 2013! As a doula, my goal is to offer physical and emotional support throughout the prenatal, birthing and postpartum period. I first and foremost believe in offering advocacy without judgment; this to me is the basis of a trusting relationship.
During our prenatal visits, we can discuss strategies for preparing physically and emotionally for the upcoming birth. I would love to offer a complementary massage (if desired) on the second visit to explore what type of touch techniques you like best and how they may be used as a coping mechanism during labor.
During labor, I will offer continuous physical and emotional support. If there is a partner present at the birth as well, I can help suggest ways for him/her to offer support. Sometimes my involvement may be active, or sometimes it’s enough to just be present depending on what your needs are at the time.
At the postpartum visit, we can discuss your birth experience and how you are feeling now that you are home with your new baby and any issues that may have come up for you. I also provide a list of community resources for any needs you might have postpartum.
I would be honored and humbled to be a part of your birth team. I look forward to meeting with you to see if we are a good fit. Thank you for considering me as your labor doula!