Ruth Green

ProDoula

CURRENT STATUS: Pre-Certified Labor Doula, Pre-Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Graceful Birthing of Virginia

SERVICES PROVIDED: Childbirth Classes, and Birth and Postpartum Doula Services.

About

AREAS SERVED: Richmond and Farmville, VA

CONTACT INFO:

Email:
ruthyvioletgreen@gmail.com

Phone:
(804) 492-4456

Website:
http://gracefulbirthing.net

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/gracefulbirthingofvirginia

Meet Your ProDoula

Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am the biological mom to 13 breastfed and home/hospital birthed children, one of whom spent 6 weeks in the NICU as a newborn. As a result of this NICU stay I have personal experienced the stressors involved in having a medically challenged newborn. In addition, I was taught some tricks of the trade that allowed me to keep up my milk supply til baby could nurse.

What led you to become a Doula?: My husband and I were houseparents at a home for young unwed mothers way back in 1992. It was during that time that I was able to attend my first births as a support person to these young ladies. I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with the work. Shortly thereafter, I began having my own home and hospital births, and serving friends and family members who found themselves doing the same. I guess this is how I first got my feet wet and I have loved every minute of birth work.

What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:

Some folks have said I am understanding, insightful, personable, real, intuitive, and the like. I have also been told that I am a good listener.

What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: ~ The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin ~ The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League)

What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I usually just want to ask them a bunch of birthy related questions like: ~ Where did you have your baby? ~ How was your labor/birth experience? ~ How are you managing with the changes of having a newborn? ~ What did you love/hate about your labor/birth experience?

What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift I can give new parents is acceptance and affirmation that they are wise and capable of making great decisions for their family.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?: True Grit and The Andy Griffith Show

What is your favorite place to vacation?: I once visited Cancun and would consider going back.

What is your favorite food?: I really enjoy Mexican and authentic Chinese.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I enjoy reading (to myself and my kiddos), spending time with family, and family get-a-ways.

Who lives in your house?: My husband and I share our home with 9 of our children.