“Blessed shall be the offspring of your body…”
Pregnant with my one and only son after a couple of years of trying, monthly episodes of tears, and several doctors deeming it impossible, I was determined to relish every moment of pregnancy. The pregnancy was typical: nausea and tiredness in the beginning, insomnia in the end, and sciatic pain throughout. However, I still refer to this time as the best experience of my life.
“…it became apparent to me, that enjoying the journey of pregnancy may have more to do with the state of mind, than the symptoms we experience.”
When asked, “How are you doing LeShanta?” I’d respond, “Great! Nauseous, but great!” After the birth and returning to work, it was more noticeable how often patients spoke in such misery in reference to their pregnancy. It was then that it became apparent to me, that enjoying the journey of pregnancy may have more to do with the state of mind, than the symptoms we experience. Just as a runner enjoys the marathon, despite the cramped muscles and diligent training required.
Observing the fear and suffering mothers endured due to the shear lack of proficient childbirth preparation and proper bedside support, led me to become a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) and Certified Labor Doula (CD), dedicated to coaching mothers throughout the span of their pregnancy. Drawing from nearly 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) working in antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, and the newborn nursery I developed comprehensive childbirth and newborn courses.
By offering my services as a birth and postpartum doula, I’m able to fulfill my passion for assisting women through their births with full uninterrupted support and I’m available after baby arrives for further empowerment. Utilizing the relaxation skills taught to those preparing for labor as well as the progressive approaches I’ve learned as a Certified Infant Massage Educator (CIME), I implement similar techniques in showing parents how to create peace and relaxation after delivery, with their newborn, and throughout motherhood. I have great pride in offering a support that aides in a mother maintaining peace from the beginning of pregnancy and after baby arrives.