Being very uninformed at my first birth I was left feeling like it was something that just “happened” to me. I felt like the doctor delivered my baby rather than me giving birth to her. During my subsequent five pregnancies, I educated myself about the process and felt empowered to make choices for my births.
I am a certified birth and postpartum doula through Childbirth International and currently work in partnership with Tina Lyon at Seasons of Birth. I am an Evidence-Based Birth® Instructor, offering workshops for parents and professionals, as well as private and group childbirth classes for expecting families. I am a Spinning Babies® enthusiast and a trained Hypnobabies® doula. I have Level 1 and 2 Prevention of Birth Trauma training. I have been a volunteer doula at Sutter Davis for several years and currently serve as a lead mentor for the newer volunteers.
This birth is your story! As a certified birth and postpartum doula, along with my Evidence-Based Birth® training, I offer a calm presence and years of experience to help you and your partner explore options and prepare for your birthing and postpartum time. I consider it an honor to be invited into your birth story.
Tina and Laurie were amazing throughout my pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, which happened entirely during COVID-19. They are actively involved in the pregnancy/childbirth community, and they are constantly gaining more education and certificates in their field.
The two work great together and provide a warm and nurturing energy. They got to know me and my birthing wishes and were very supportive. They were quick to answer my pregnancy and labor/delivery questions, which gathering two perspectives was quite valuable. They had a wealth of resources, including EBB, Spinning Babies, affirmation cards, rebozos, acupressure, and laboring positions, and they conveniently dropped off books and tools at my house. They were very respectful with social distancing, hygiene, and checking with our comfort levels, and they shared relevant COVID-19 articles and community news as it came to their attention.
Based to my due date, Laurie was with me during my labor. We texted throughout the day and she joined me at my home as soon as I called upon her. She took the best care of me and was so calming! She included my husband throughout the process and was very encouraging to me. She explained everything that was happening, which really helped me through the process. Once we left for the hospital, she followed us and escorted us to the hospital. Unfortunately she couldn't join due to "one visitor" rules, but she made herself available via Zoom. She also provided us with postpartum services, however we ended up not needing the help. Regardless, she came to visit often, searched in stores for nipple shields, and even made me lactation cookies!
I highly recommend Seasons of Birth! They have an endless supply of knowledge and love their jobs. They are a true asset in this life-changing journey. BECKY