Certified Birth Doula, DONA
My name is Hannah and I love being a doula! I have been a doula for several years now and completely enjoy being a part of the journey that is preparing and giving birth.
When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I didn't know I had options. I went through the same motions that most women do, but personally, I felt helpless, lost, and scared. About halfway through my pregnancy, I watched a documentary called The Business of Being Born. It completely changed my perspective of labor and giving birth. It fired up questions inside me and gave me the confidence to do some research. I eventually hired a doula who made me feel strong and empowered. She talked me through many of my questions, helped me decide what I wanted, and was the strength I needed while in labor.
I had been super lucky in my experiences that I had found a fantastic support team who had helped me find my voice. I want that for every woman in the world. I believe that women are strong and can do anything they set their minds to. One of my favorite quotes by Steve Maraboli is, "The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description." I have noticed that in this world, especially the birthing world, there is a lack of resources, lack of encouragement, and lack of empowerment. It is a world of fear. I hope that as a doula I can empower women to find their voices and their strength to achieve labor, birth, and motherhood; however she decides to do so.