I’m so excited to start this new series on the blog, featuring local doulas! I know it can be tricky to find services when you are at the beginning of your pregnancy and parenting journey! Our first feature is Bethany of Boulder County Birth and Doula Services. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Bethany’s sweet kiddos a couple of times now and have loved getting to know her! Here’s what she had to say about her Doula business:
Why did you become a doula?
I am an RN by training. Once I had my first son I realized how much I love being with families in such a special time of pregnancy, birth, and beyond. My own experiences lit a passion inside of me that has guided my way along my doula journey.
What areas do you serve?
I serve Boulder, Weld, Larimar, and some Denver area counties. Medical Center of the Rockies, McKee Hospital, Northern Colorado Medical Center, Poudre Valley Hospital, the Birth Center of Boulder, Longs Peak Hospital, Longmont United Hospital, Boulder Community Hospital, Avista Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, North Suburban Medical Center, Baby + CO, Homebirths and others.
How many births have you attended? Is there a special story of a birth you’d like to share?
About 25 Births; hospital, home, and Birth Center. It is so hard to pick a favorite birth, because every birth has so many special moments and times. However, I will share the very first birth I witnessed, as high school student. I knew I wanted to do something with birth/babies/medicine and a friend’s mom worked in a NICU. She invited me to see a fused cord C-Section for twins at a local hospital. That birth left so many lasting impressions on me on how special and important those moments of meeting your baby are that it marked the way I would go forever.
Are you certified? What’s your education?
I attended Seattle Pacific University and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, after that I went on to work as a Cardiac Step down nurse. When my son was born I certified through DONA and started my doula practice. I am now also certified through Birth Boot Camp as a Childbirth Educator and enjoy teaching families as well as attending births.
Do you have a backup doula? How did you choose them?
I am a part of a lovely and beautiful collective of women called the Birth Assistants of Boulder. We collectively work together to support, encourage and back one another up.
How many clients do you take a month?
I take 2 clients per month
How would you describe your doula “style”?
I am all about informed decision making. With my background in medicine my biggest desire is that families know that they have lots of choices. I am very naturally minded, but have supported many births with epidurals, inductions, Cesarean Births as well. I want every family to have the information they need to make informed decisions, no matter what that is. I do not every let my opinions stand in the way of advocating for your birth desire and wishes. My goal is that no matter what happens, you leave your birth having a positive experience.
Do you offer any additional services?
I am a Birth Boot Camp instructor and offer a 10 week comprehensive childbirth education course that covers Pregnancy, Labor/Birth, Postpartum/Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding. I also offer shorter hospital, out of hospital, newborn care, pregnancy, comfort measures for birth, classes. All the classes are listed on my website.
You can find Bethany at www.BoulderCountyBirth.com
Call: (303) 885-0938
What other kinds of birth services would you like to see featured? Comment below or shoot me at email at firstname.lastname@example.org!