Some kind words
What is a doula?
Our favorite way to describe a doula is like a tour guide. We help give you the lay of the land, you choose the areas that interest and are meaningful to you, and we help show you the way! We understand that what you want and need may change throughout your pregnancy (and even during the birthing process itself!), so we work with you to go for whatever you need, whenever you need it. Your birth, your body, your choices – we will help you know your options and support you 100% in whatever your best experience might look like.
CD(DONA), CLEC, LCCE
Hey there, my name is Ariel, I’m a DONA International certified birth doula, certificated lactation counselor, Lamaze certified childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator. I’m the queen mom (at least what I tell my kids) of a melting pot home with my husband and two adorable preschoolers living in Minneapolis. Most days you can find me running around with my littles exploring all the fabulous family-friendly spots in the cities, working out at the YMCA and always with a cup of coffee…most likely discussing all the birthy things. I have had a nurturing heart my whole life, but it’s only been during the past 5 years that I’ve begun to see how that could be used in the role of Doula. With my children, each pregnancy, labor, and delivery was different and unique, but the difference I remember most was the way I was treated – for better and worse. With that perspective, it is my goal to allow every birthing person I partner with to feel heard, valued, and cared for. The freedom and joy to make informed and educated choices is empowering to all. It would be my great privilege to stand beside you and encourage you during one of life’s most sacred and beautiful moments. An empowered birth is a healing healthy birth.
I look forward to meeting you!
Hi! I am Aubrey. I have 6 boys ranging from 18 to a few months. While I have given birth in a hospital and at home, my passion lies with homebirth for myself. I have worked in and out of hospital birth center since 2012 and as a Birthright certified doula since 2009.
I am mostly known for my calm and soothing demeanor. I love serving women during pregnancy, labor, birth and after. I have helped numerous women in hospitals, birth centers and their home and I am so honored to be invited into such an intimate and sacred space. I have experience with natural birth, medicated births, VBACS, cesareans and loss. Birth and babies are my passion and equally a woman’s right to choose and be informed. Too often in our society, information is not forwardly presented when it comes to pregnancy and birth. It is my mission to empower women and their partners to make the best informed decisions for their family. It is not my place to direct my opinions onto you as I want your birth to be YOURS.
When I am not working, you will find me outside with my family. We love biking, hiking or just a good walk around the lake. I spent years traveling and now am happy to be settled in St. Paul. I am passionate about health and nutrition and enjoy cooking fun dishes.
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Does a doula do check-ups or other medical exams for me or the baby?
No, doulas do not do exams or perform medical tasks. A midwife or obstetrician supports that part of your journey. Our specialty is emotional, educational, and physical support.
What part does my partner play in this?
A doula does not take the place of your supportive partner. We recognize there is a beauty to the deep bond that can happen during labor and delivery between the birthing person and their partner. We find that your partner and a doula work well together because they know you and we know the emotional side of birth.
What if I don’t have a partner?
That’s totally okay! You’re welcome to invite a close friend or family member to play that primary role of emotional support in addition to the support we offer.
Do you support planned and/or spontaneous epidural or cesarean births?
Of course! An epidural is another resource in the labor toolbox that can assist you in your journey to meeting your baby. We trust you and your intuition to know what you need in that decision-making moment. We’ll be there to answer any questions, discuss BRAIN (benefits, risks, alternatives, intuition, next/nothing/not now) and your options. We discuss cesarean scenarios and options during our prenatal visits including planned and unplanned cesareans. We offer additional educational resources for you to know options regarding a family centered cesarean and a positive recovery time.
How much of a say do I have during this process?
We do not make decisions or speak for you! It’s our goal to see that you are fully equipped with knowledge and resources, and you are ENCOURAGED to use your voice on your special day. Sometimes situations change and sometimes your preferences shift – it is your wishes that your birth team should hear.
Are you familiar with hypnosis during birth?
Yes! We are trained in Marie Mongan’s HypnoBirthing method but we are happy to go over other methods during our prenatal meetings.