Pregnancy and Birth Doula Services in Baltimore, MD
We're told that mothers can do it all.
We can work up until the day we give birth. We can cook dinner with a baby on our hip. We can run a marathon 6 months pregnant. While I am grateful to live in a time that sees women for our innate strength and power, I believe this image of us doesn't give us space. Space to slow down, to ask questions, to be confused, to feel scared, to change and change again, to listen to our bodies and, maybe, most importantly, to take a nap every once in awhile.
I believe pregnancy and birth can be transformative, but we aren't meant to go through it alone.
New mothers should be supported, cared for and loved by a community of others who have gone through this journey before them. Only then can mothers really start to do it all.
About me, CD (DTI)
While pregnant with my first son I was overwhelmed by the changes in my body and my mind. It wasn't until I talked to other moms and was able to ask questions like: "Is this normal?", "Did you feel this?" "Were you scared?" that I was able to fully enjoy my pregnancy. I then loved being that person for others. In 2022 I decided to formalize this role by seeking my Doula Certification. I live in Baltimore, MD with my husband and two sons.
Pregnancy and Birth Doula Services
What is a doula? A doula provides support, advice, and advocacy to pregnant and birthing people.
"There's no such thing as a dumb question" is never truer than in pregnancy. Pregnancy support offers ongoing support for any question that may arise.. Using The Motherhood's birth preferences planning tool, you will walk through what to expect during labor and every potential twist and turn along the way. From this, you will receive your own birth preferences document you can share with your doctors and birth team.
Your partner knows you, your needs, your silent cues, and how to comfort you better than anyone else. Partner coaching provides pregnancy support as well as specific training for you and your partner around comfort measures during labor, how to self-advocate, and positions to try. Your doula will be available to you virtually for the entirety of your birth to provide any consultation you may need.
"Studies have shown that having a doula decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, length of labor by 25%, use of oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%." -American Pregnancy Association. A doula is an advocate, a medical translator, and support for you and your partner during childbirth.
"My wife and I worked with Molly during my first pregnancy and we honestly felt so seen and empowered by her all along the way. During labor and birth, she was so encouraging and supportive as she talked us through some of the unknowns at the time, offered different comfort measures, and advocated for me by asking hospital staff questions that I was too tired to remember I wanted to ask."