Prenatal Preparation and Birth Support Designed To Honor The Birth You Envision
'Wherever and however you choose to give birth, your experience will impact your mind, your body, and your spirit...for the rest of your life'
Ina May Gaskin
The journey to motherhood is powerful and transformative. Within every woman lies the innate wisdom, strength, and determination she needs to give birth.
My role as a doula is to support, prepare and help guide you toward your unique birth vision, in ways that are most meaningful and important to YOU! My goal is to share resources, information and practices that can lead to a confident, empowering, and positive birth experience!
A doula supported birth starts long before labor begins. It's in the shared planning and preparation during pregnancy, the exchange and flow of ideas and information, the trusted bond that is formed over time between doula and expectant parents. It's knowing you'll have access to resources and evidence based information to help you feel confident as you make important decisions. It's bringing your partner fully in and helping them to feel prepared, involved, and vital to your birth experience. It's having a caring professional in your corner, passionately supporting your decisions and desires, believing in you, every step along the way.
It would be my honor to share this amazing journey with you!
Kim Potvin, CD(DONA)
I trained and certified as a Birth Doula through DONA international, and have continued my education and training to include:
DONA Certified Childbirth Education
Advanced Mind-Body Skills Training: Coping, Resiliency, Mindful Relaxation
Lactation Specialist Training
Rebozo and Acupressure
Comforting Touch/Massage For Birth
I attend home, birth center and hospital births, and am proud to support LGBTQ families and clients from all cultures and communities. I provide respectful and personalized care for every growing family!
Why Hire A Doula?
The presence and care of a birth doula can have a profound impact on a woman's birth experience! Research and studies have shown that having the support of a birth doula often results in:
Fewer medical complications /interventions
Decreased need for pain medication
Decreased need for synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
Reduced cesarean rates
Lower anxiety, stress, and pain (for partner too!)
Increased satisfaction with overall birth experience
Doulas & Partners Working Together
Having the support of a birth doula does not replace or diminish your partners role! Partners often have significant fears and anxieties surrounding birth giving. In prenatal visits we have the opportunity to address those concerns, and to learn and practice comfort measures that your partner can offer, at their level of comfort, during labor.
Many partners are able to touch, hold, and assist with more confidence when they have the guidance, calming influence and caring support of a doula!