Build A Labor Cave, a DIY Project

Materials needed: oxytocin, things that create oxytocin, people that create oxytocin. 

Oxytocin is the primary ingredient in birth. Not only does it cause contractions, but it is also the hormone that causes the ‘feel good’ sensation when people we love touch us, and thus is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’. Because of this, creating an oxytocin rich environment can help you have a more positive birth experience. Read More “Build A Labor Cave, a DIY Project”

Why Doula Certification Matters

Doulas working with the most well known doula certifying agencies, start off their career in basically the same way. They attend a one to two day in person training. From there they are ready to work as a doula. They have a clear understanding of how to offer great doula support and care. In order to certify, however, there are quite a few more steps. Read More “Why Doula Certification Matters”

I Teach My Clients to Lie!

That is right! I teach my clients to lie and I feel perfectly ok with it. As a doula and as a lactation counselor, I have seen many clients struggle with finding their strong parental voice when it comes to extended family. I can appreciate the sticky spot they feel they are in. When you are becoming a new parent you want your own parents and siblings to feel included. People are excited to be involved in many aspects of the new family’s journey and the new parents want to share their joy.
Sometimes however, new parents begin to receive unwanted advice. Read More “I Teach My Clients to Lie!”

We Are Doula Activists

There is a lot of talk in the doula world about how doulas should not be activists. BirthME couldn’t disagree more. We believe we can and should be activists for our clients. We should be holding signs, collecting signatures and uniting in force. We should be insisting on supporting Maine families in the best way possible. Read More “We Are Doula Activists”

Two Doulas are Better than One!

You are pregnant and you’re checking all the boxes on your to do list. You’ve hired the best provider, check! You’ve taken the top childbirth classes in the area, check! You hired a doula, check! She is familiar with who you are and she knows your birth preferences. She is ready to support you in exactly the way you need to be supported. You are all set up to have a wonderful birth experience, check! But what if something comes up and Your doula is unable to make it to your birth? Read More “Two Doulas are Better than One!”

It was amazing to have a support system totally dedicated to me, especially during a long and difficult labor and delivery.Molly C. - Family Nurse Practitioner
The services that you provide are invaluable to new moms (and dads). I feel that your classes are as beneficial to my health as staying active and hydrated.Katie B.
Being a first time mom is the most elating and terrifying journey in the world. Having a guide who is educated and understanding like Paula definitely made a difference, especially during those first few weeks!Selina, Mother, Wife, and Teacher
Paula was amazing supporting me, my husband and our midwife. After our baby was born, Paula would check in at clutch times and ease our uncertainty.Sarah P. Operations Manager
Paula helped my partner to have the confidence to make informed decisions and be the best support he could be.Sarah M. Business Owner
Paula not only provided essential postpartum support, She was always available to answer questions or troubleshoot any concerns at any time.Sam W. Montessori Teacher
Paula's consistent support allowed me to breastfeed, recover, and spend time with my older child.Jenny B. SAHM
I wasn't sure how I would make it through those first few weeks with my son in the NICU. With Paula's help I was able to meet my needs and his, and eventually meet our goal of exclusively breastfeeding.Jill J. Special Education Teacher
"I'm so glad I hired a doula for my husband!"Regan S.
It's hard to imagine our journey without her knowledge and optimism reassuring us each step of the way.Chelsea M
it was clear our doula knew how to integrate seamlessly with the hospital birth team. My OB specifically mentioned how much she liked my doula during a follow up appointment.Tracy K.