Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: 16 years ago, Kelly began with what would turn into an immediate passion for all the intricacies of pregnancy, birth, newborn care, and bringing a baby into the world. Kelly continuously strives to increase her knowledge so that she may provide you with the best care for your needs. She feels it is an absolute honor to be able to enhance your experience by supporting you in your own empowering journey.
What led you to become a Doula?: With my first pregnancy I could never know enough. I would read as many books and literature as I could get my hands on. I was, and am, fascinated by how a new life is created, and comes into the world. The more I learn the more I seek to know. The synergistic balance of bringing forth new life will always be miraculous to me.
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My husband and I cannot express our gratitude for Empowering Presence Doula and Kelly for the services she provided for us during the birth of our daughter. Kelly went above and beyond our expectations, sticking it out with us for a longer than usual hospital stay, as I needed to be induced unexpectedly. She was such a strong support for both my husband and I, and helped us navigate through all the twists and turns we encountered during the process. Kelly was so knowledgeable and really made us feel comfortable and encouraged right to the end with her “doula magic”. I had an unmedicated birth and she kept me so focused through my whole labor, especially during the hardest part in the end and coached me through every contraction. She even held my leg up to push my baby girl out when I could not manage on my own strength. She knew just what I needed and acted without me saying a word.
I also had Kelly do the placenta encapsulation and belly binding. We were so impressed with the encapsulation process and end product and will definitely do it again for future births. The belly binding also felt great for my back once I got home and really provided that extra support I needed.
We would highly recommend Empowering Presence Doula and Kelly to anyone and absolutely plan to use her again for future births.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: ProDoula
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What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My attention, time, focus, expertise, support, & professionalism.
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What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Spending it on an outing with my whole family~
Who lives in your house?: My husband, our 4 children, and our 3 dogs and cat.