Stephanie was one of the first practitioners that responded to my doula project inquiry and I was so excited to chat with her the very next day. I wanted to feature several doulas in the area and highlight the amazing support that they offer to pregnant Mothers in the Dayton Area and beyond. The term ‘doula’ originated in the 1960’s but the history of Women supporting the birthing mother dates back thousands of years. As an article published in Motherhood Center explains
The evolution of doulas has been marked by a significant shift in how we view childbirth. As medical interventions became more common in the 20th century, the focus on emotional support during birth waned. However, in recent decades, there has been a renewed interest in the role of doulas and other forms of emotional support.
Studies have shown that having a doula present during childbirth can have numerous benefits, including lower medical intervention rates, reduced pain medication use, and shorter labor. Doulas also provide emotional support, advocacy, and education, helping women feel more empowered and in control of their birth experience. As the demand for doulas has increased, so has the professionalization of the doula role. Today, numerous organizations train and certify doulas, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care. These organizations also advocate recognizing doulas as essential to the maternity care team.motherhoodcenter.com
Stephanie received her masters degree in social work and was in that field for 14 years before realizing her life’s calling centered more around supporting pregnant Mothers. She then completed her training and earned her doula certification from Pro Doula and started her own business Liberty Doula Services. Included with her package is an initial consultation, birthing classes done in the comfort of your home, labor and birth support when the big day arrives as well as a post partum visit. Her passion really lies in empowering pregnant Mothers with knowledge throughout the entire experience, and providing the support they need in each moment of childbirth.
If you are interested, book quickly – she only takes on 2 Mommas a month. Check out her website below!
Visit libertydoula.com for more information!