Doula – from the Greek word meaning “to serve.” I will be happy to serve as a hospital doula in South Lake Tahoe, CA. I am a Tahoe local and I enjoy working with our local mountain hospitals. Birthing mothers are always treated with respect and the nursing staff is always kind. I will offer you holistic support through out your pregnancy, birth and postpartum time. This time is so special I will offer you my TEA – my time, energy and attention.
Together we will discover what your best birth looks like and I will support you in whatever that is for you and your family. I will provide you with emotional and physical support. Our appointments may include discussing your questions, finding information that you need to make informed choices throughout your pregnancy and birth for you and your baby, writing a birth plan, making herbal remedies for afterbirth or sharing herbal remedies for organic baby products. Your care will be about your needs. Your choices will be respected and supported without judgment. I will help you and your partner with comfort measures for pregnancy and birth.
In labor I will help you emotionally and physically and support your partner too. I will help you transform your birth room into your sacred space. We will use low lights and aromatherapy and anything else that will make it a comfortable and special environment. It is my hope that you will approach birth with trust feeling empowered and confident. I will be there to support your birth plan and I will always do this with professionalism and respect. As a doula I will not perform any medical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart tone checks or cervical exams. You will need to have OB or a midwife to monitor the clinical well being of you and your baby.
As a Montrice I am your Doula and I also offer clinical support in your home. Because I am also a Licensed Midwife I can monitor your clinical well being by assessing labor progress with cervical exams if requested, monitor your vitals, and monitor your baby’s well being by assessing fetal heart tones. Having a montrice can give you piece of mind if you want to labor at home for a longer amount of time before going to the hospital to birth. As a Montrice I will not act as your midwife meaning we will go to the hospital for your birth. I will attend you at the hospital as your doula and can not offer clinical support in the hospital. Montrice services offer you more piece of mind so you can labor at home without worry.
Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.
~Ina May Gaskin