A Yoga Influenced Birth
Breath. Movement. Mindful awareness. Letting go. Intention. Staying present.
I draw on my knowledge and experience as a mother, pre- and post-natal yoga instructor and a doula to provide a positive birth experience for you. It is my hope that you will serve as an active participant in your birth, and that together we can help you have a fulfilling, satisfying and empowering birth experience that you can savor for years to come. The birth of every baby is miraculous, unique and sacred. Whether you are an experienced yogi, or have never yet graced the mat, yogic concepts, breathwork and poses blend seamlessly with birthing, and can help you to have the birth you've always envisioned.
What does a Doula do?
A doula, or labor assistant, is a trained professional who understands and trusts the process of birth, who respects its transcendent and sacred aspects as well as its physical and emotional aspects, and who facilitates the birth experience for the parent(s), baby and primary caregiver.
facilitates--according to Roget's Thesauraus--"to make easier, to ease, to smooth, to explain, to simplify; but also to empower, to allow, and to clear the way."
Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully, CPM, November 2012
Yoga and The Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard, November 2012
toLabor Trained Doula, January 2012; Currently working toward Certification
Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield, April 2010
Itsy Bitsy Yoga (tm) for Tots and Tykes Training with Helen Garabedian, September 2009
Yoga Alliance, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Vinyasa Style, May 2007
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., M.T.A.
Towson University, Towson, Maryland, B.S.
- Initial (no obligation) consultation, which includes introductions, review of my service agreement and questions
- One or two prenatal visits focusing on education, birth plan preparation, labor support and any additional topics you would like to address
- One post-partum visit
- Unlimited email and phone support leading up to labor
- On call for labor two weeks before your due date to two weeks after your due date (in the event of pre-term labor, I will make every effort to be there)
- Continuous support upon the establishment of labor until delivery, either at home, at the hospital or both
- Use of comfort measures to help you have a better birth experience
**Prenatal yoga privates can be included for an additional fee.
My Philosophy and Approach
Women want to feel respected, listened to and supported. During this very special, yet vulnerable time, pregnant moms do best surrounded by those that trust in the natural process of birth, that believe in their bodies and help them to believe in themselves. I wholeheartedly support a woman's right to choose her ideal birth scenario, and will assume your goals as my own. I value and appreciate medical interventions when medically necessary. But I will always believe that it's best to trust in nature, and begin with a natural, holistic or intuitive approach first. I believe birth is TRANSFORMATIVE in all its variations.
Having a baby helped me to find my voice and my own inner wisdom. Being a doula allows me to help you find yours.
Without judgement, I will support you and your partner through the birthing process so you can begin your parenting journey firmly rooted in your own knowledge, trusting your own decisions.
I employ a variety of comfort techniques to aid in relieving the challenges and intensity of labor:
My doula practice will remain small while my own kids are small. Therefore, I only take a limited number of clients to ensure dedicated, personalized attention and focus. If you are interested in having me serve as your doula, please contact me to inquire about availability and rates at savoritstudiosatgmaildotcom.