A doula can be a valuable guide for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. The word doula means "woman who serves" in Greek, and the doula serves women and families during this transitional phase by offering education throughout pregnancy, and emotional and physical support throughout labor, birth, and postpartum. The energy a doula brings to birth can empower a woman to fulfill her goals for her birth, find her voice, heal fractured areas in her ancestral lineage, and open lines of communication to her family and partner. A doula's unwavering support and grounded presence is a key ingredient in holistic care during the childbearing years.
Christa has over 16 years of experience as a labor and birth doula. She has supported women in hospital, home, and birth center births, and offers a nonjudgemental, compassionate standard of care and support. She is also a prenatal yoga teacher and trainer and has extensive education and knowledge regarding the physiological changes in the prenatal and postnatal body. Christa is passionate about working with women during this phase of life and many of her prenatal and postpartum visits are focused on processing and preparing for this major life change. Her skills as a coach, mentor, yoga teacher, and intuitive energy healer weave together to offer holistic support for body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She offers grounding, supportive tools and techniques for navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Christa attends birth in Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas. She is also available to support pregnant and postpartum women through her other modalities.
Pregnancy and Birth as a Rite of Passage Women give birth, not only to their babies, but also to themselves. Through the process of pregnancy and birth, a woman moves from one phase of life to the next, from maiden to mother. The experience she has through this process can teach her life changing lessons about what she is capable of and about how she moves through the world. If she embraces the experience, it can teach her to expand more seamlessly into her next phase of development. How a mother experiences her pregnancy and birth will create the imprint for how she will experience herself as a mother. The thoughts, emotions, and physical symptoms she has throughout her pregnancy hold messages and lessons for how she can embrace this change into motherhood. Pregnancy and postpartum is a doorway for deep healing and growth.
Pregnancy is a numinous and magical state. It is a time when the barrier between the conscious and unconscious realm thins. It is a time to feel the presence of another soul developing alongside your own. It is a time when inner voices offer wise counsel louder and more clearly than usual, when we become aware that life is a continuum, when a woman may experience a bodily sense that everything around her is alive. -Jennifer Louden
Doula Services for Pensacola, Florida area Include: 3-4 prenatal visits Unlimited phone, e-mail, and text support pregnancy and postpartum Assistance with birth plans and birth options Continuous labor support at home or hospital, as needed 3 Postpartum Visits (at 2, 4, and 6 weeks postpartum) Contact Christa for pricing and to schedule a free, no obligation initial meeting