The woman birthing her baby and the people significant to her are developing new relationships with new responsibilities to each other, to the baby, and to society. It is Holly's passion as a doula, childbirth educator, and reiki practitioner to support women and their partners in this process and to help them approach birth, parenting, and family wellness mindfully.
Holly lives in Massachusetts with her three beautiful children and very supportive husband. She is excited to share her knowledge of birthing and healthy lifestyles with families. Her inspiration to help mothers and families started when she gave birth to her own children. From there Holly became a certified reiki practitioner, a HypnoBirthing® instructor, and a doula. Holly has been practicing for several years and has attended numerous births. She travels to birth centers, hospitals, and home births to support women in bringing their baby into the world. Holly recognizes that every woman's situation is unique. Each woman has a personal past that influences the decisions she makes regarding choices in labor. Holly honors and respects the important roles of the mother, the partner, and baby and will work to educate and support their vision. Giving birth in today's modern world demands women must rediscover and trust that giving birth is an innate capability. We must also be mindful that birth is also about the baby's journey to earth. Birth should be protected, honored, and celebrated.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
-John H. Kennell, M.D.
Research and clinical studies have shown that a doula’s presence and support at a birth tend to result in the following: *Shorter labors with fewer complications *Reduction in negative feelings about the birth experience
*Reduced need for pitocin
*Reduced use of forceps or vacuum during deliveries *Reduced need for cesarean deliveries *Reduction in the mother’s requests for pain medication and/or epidurals *Mothers report feeling more secure and cared for *Greater breastfeeding success
*Less postpartum depression *Lower incidence of abuse
The word “doula” comes from Ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves.” The modern use of the word doula refers to a trained professional who provides information and continuous emotional and physical support to an expectant mother during her labor and the birth of her baby.