Doulas' training is focused on physical comfort measures and ways to enhance labor progress. Their training also includes extensive discussion of the emotional shifts that laboring people experience throughout their labors and how to attune themselves to the changing moods and movements of the laboring person. It may be that doulas reduce stress and fear in laboring people. Those emotions increase stress hormones, which are known to impair labor progress through most of labor. Doulas help people feel safe and less afraid and anxious. They also guide and reassure partners. This nonclinical care can improve clinical outcomes (such as lower cesarean rates, shorter labors, fewer requests for pain medication, greater satisfaction with the birth, and fewer newborns who need extra nursing care). (Penny Simkin with Katie Rohs, The Birth Partner 2018)
I was born in Ethiopia and lived most of my life in London, before moving to Denver in March 2019. Through this experience, I enhanced my understanding and appreciation for different cultures and people. Yes we are all different but we all need love, respect, compassion and a healthy environment to live a healthier life.
I am a mother, wife, daughter and sister. I love spending my free time outdoors with my family taking long walks in the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer. Also volunteering for Colorado Volunteer Doulas at Swedish Medical Center.
Before my own birth story led me to birth work, I worked as a surgical assistant in London for 5 years. My role always involved supporting and caring for others. My first medical job required me to talk and use comfort measures on patients to relax them while they were undergoing surgical procedures using only local anesthesia.
At the time I found out I was expecting our first child, I lived in London and my husband lived in Denver. I was so excited that I immediately called him forgetting all about the 7-hour time difference. We were both so excited but very nervous for our journey towards parenthood. Soon we realized how difficult the journey would be, so we educated ourselves as best as we could, still there were unexpected and unexplained events that occurred in our birth story that made our experience less than pleasant.
Since then I have trained and certified as a Birth Doula, taken a Postpartum Doula training, Infant Massage training, Basic Life Support CPR & AED for Adults and Babies Course, Trauma Informed Care training and Reproductive Justice training.
As a professional in the birth and baby community I strive to doula you throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. I want to support you in anyway you need so that you can love your journey to parenthood and because we are worthy of a positive birth story.
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