Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum, and Menstrual Cycle Support
Now booking for October
Hi, I’m Cali! I am a birth and postpartum doula, childcare worker, and passionate crafter currently located in Philadelphia, PA. My passion for birth stems from the belief that our bodies are innately capable of birthing, healing, and experiencing pleasure as our birth right and within safe circumstances. I aspire to be a space holder in large transitions, and support birthing people through the journey of pregnancy, labor, and fertility.
Before college, I was involved in a somatic psychology and dance community in Boulder, Colorado where I was richly acquainted with mindfulness and the mind body connection as well as trauma and the way it shows up in the body. I also have an undergraduate degree in reproductive health, cultural studies, and psychology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I feel that my background in these studies guides me as I support people in giving birth, remaining mindful of the way the body holds memories, power, and the clients unique experience in their own life.
I became a trained Birth Doula through Bini Birth in 2018 and hold a certification through PALs Doulas in Seattle WA. I also hold a postpartum doula certification through ProDoula. Additionally I am trained in the Fertility Awareness Method of fertility tracking and have a 200 hour yoga teacher certification allowing me to support families with healthy movement during pregnancy. With a background in childcare, I see myself as a nurturer and enjoy inspiring empowerment in families through providing information, continuity of care, and support of their individual desires around their birth and parenting experience.
I am thrilled to be a part of your pregnancy and birth journey.
It is proven that people give birth the best when they feel safe. Whether this means a hospital birth, pain relieving drugs, a home birth, a natural birth, birth center etc, I am here to support you towards obtaining the birth that you envision, adapt to the unpredictable nature of childbirth and feel as safe as possible.
As a birth and postpartum doula, my mission is to walk alongside the birthing person throughout the entire process of pregnancy, labor, and new life with an infant providing physical, emotional and educational support every step of the way. I believe that birth is a normal physiological event that deserves consent, continuous support, and respect.
As I engage with your individual hopes and fears surrounding your birth experience, I will keep my personal views on birth aside and aid to create an environment of educated consent about the options for delivery and parenting. I vow to consistently educate myself on social justice issues related to birth and to continue to question how I can serve birthing people better.
When you enter the postpartum period, I will be there to meet your family's needs and provide educational support on the ins and outs of newborn care, breastfeeding, physical recovery and more.
I intend to grow my business and community, creating a network of support for my clients. I vow to hold the process of birth and postpartum with respect for the vulnerable, intimate event that it is with confidentiality and communication.
During your pregnancy it will be my top priority to provide the information, comfort, and resources you may need. The birth package includes:
Two prenatal appointments covering a wide range of topics including the stages of labor, comfort preferences, and positioning. This is also a space to discuss postpartum, breastfeeding, and interventions. As a certified Yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner, I can guide you through movements during your pregnancy to increase comfort.
In-person support throughout your labor and birth. During labor, I will assist you and your partner physically and emotionally and will aid in decision making processes if questions arise. I will also assist with position changes and techniques to bring your baby down in the smoothest way possible. It is my goal to help reach informed consent in all choices and to be there every step of the way.
Visit after the baby is born to provide breastfeeding support and information around postpartum recovery.
As your postpartum doula, I am trained to support your family and infant during the postpartum period. Postpartum services include but are not limited to:
I am also trained to look for signs of postpartum mood disorders following the birth and equipped with the resources to help clients get the support they need. In addition to birth and postpartum support, I can provide the resources to help you deepen your understanding of your fertility, menstrual and ovulation cycle and can help you find options for non-hormonal contraception and conception methods
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