Savannah Juanita's birth, 10.10.18, shows Naples how doula care can support a family mindfully b
Today's birth announcement is brought to you by Tara Hoverson, labor doula extraordinaire! Read on for her personal account of our newest Mindful Birth arrival.
Want to hear how my relationship with this awesome mom and beautiful baby began?
I met Savannah’s mom, Kaleena later in her pregnancy. She had a history with Mindful Birth Services, having taken our Birthing From Within classes in the past and having had Chris as her doula with her third child. It’s always so great to work with repeat families! When Chris called to let me know Kaleena was ready for doula care and also that the birth might be the next day, I was excited and ready! Since Kaleena’s mom lives out of town and could not be there in time, Kaleena knew she would need more support. I met Kaleena at the hospital the next day to begin our journey through doula care. This was baby number four for Kaleena and Pedro.
Kaleena’s birth was so imminent because she developed high blood pressure among other medical complications during her pregnancy. I was able to provide support for this amazing mom by visiting her in the hospital where we talked about what lay ahead. The upcoming birth was not without uncertainties. She was told her baby would need to be in the NICU after birth and she knew she wanted her husband to go with the baby. However, having had cesarean births in the past she also knew she would need support herself, both physically and emotionally, after the cesarean. I reassured I would be there for her every step of the way.
Trusting mother's intuition
What we all thought might be an imminent birth turned out to be an opportunity to test our assumptions! After some medication and rest, Kaleena’s blood pressure stabilized and she was discharged from the hospital, free to gestate in peace. As her doula, I was