Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Courtney Byers is a labor and postpartum doula as well as a placenta encapsulation specialist. She has been encapsulating placentas since 2013 and attending births as a doula since 2015. Her inspiration for entering the birth worker world came through the births of her own daughters and the continued journey of parenthood. Foundational to her work with birthing families is her spirit of calm, non-judgmental support and belief in the transformative nature of birth and postpartum journey.
What led you to become a Doula?: Giving birth to my daughters taught me how transformative the birth experience is in the life of a woman. Now I want to support women in having the birth experience that they want. I believe every woman should feel supported and safe during and after her birth experience.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Clients have said that I have a very calm presence and am thorough in my work. Very helpful and encouraging.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: -Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin -The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding -Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne -Mothering your Nursing Toddler by Norma J. Bumgarner
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Wow, having children changes your life like nothing else can. I wish for any pregnant or new mom inner strength, trust in her intuition and confidence. I hope that she has the support that she needs.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My calm presence and non-judgmental support.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Friends
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Camping in the woods and mountains of New England.
What is your favorite food?: Mexican Food
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading, going for a walk alone, enjoying the outdoors with my kids, or exploring a new place.
Who lives in your house?: Courtney lives with her husband, two daughters, cats, and ducks on their family homestead in midcoast Maine.