Mastrescence Doula Services
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When I was in high school, my mother gave me Ina May Gaskin's famous book, "Spiritual Midwifery". After leafing through its pages and seeing image after image of hippies on The Farm birthing their babies in buses, I knew at that moment that I needed to be a midwife. I knew I needed to work with women and families during one of the most transformational experiences in life.
My journey with birth has been a direct, but unique, one. I have always known deep in my bones that I was meant to hold space for birthing families. I started at a young age and did everything I could to gain a broad spectrum of experiences to make me the best doula and student midwife I could be.
I have attended births from the hot, thick air of Bali, Indonesia with midwives and families that barely spoke English to yurt-births on farms in rural Vermont to hospital births resulting in emergency Cesareans. I have gathered many different tools from many great experiences, teachers and families on my path and I am humbled.
I am humbled by the power of birth. By the power of women and families birthing their legacies into this world with so much courage and grace. I am humbled -- and ready to serve.
The word 'Matrescence' means: the process of becoming a mother (coined by Anthropologist Dana Rafael). This word fully embodies my philosophy and how I choose to practice as a doula because I will hold the Sacred Transition that you will go through when becoming parents -- for the first time and beyond.
During my time studying Holistic Midwifery at The Matrona, I learned that I don't need to save women in labor. I can't birth their babies for them. I learned the power of Holding Space and of Witnessing. Of holding people in the darkness and not trying to FIX anything, but simply witness them. The Matrona taught me to "Return Birth to the Family" and that is really the philosophy I identify the most with.
I am here to simply hold you, pray with you and love you as you birth your baby and through your child-bearing journey. I will advocate for and support your choice and your intuition. I will facilitate sacred ceremony and honoring of your transition into Matrescence. I will do everything in my ability to make you feel the most comfortable during your labor. And I will co-create a safe place with you. It is an honor and a privilege to do so.