COMPASSIONATE BIRTHING SUPPORT
An easeful transition into becoming a family
Birth is a powerfully transformative process. Each birth is unique to the family and infant. I want to support you to birth in a way that aligns with who you are. I want to show you options and meet your individual needs during birth and after. My wish is for every family to be guided, loved and nourished during this transition into famlihood.
My first introduction to birth began as a teenager while growing up in Minnesota. My friend’s mother was midwife and her birth stories always fascinated me. In 2016 I began attending births with a home birth midwifery practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Soon after I began doula work in 2017 after completing certification through DONA International. In Minnesota, I worked for Everyday Miracles, a non-profit doula organization serving low income families. I primarily provided doula services to Latino families.
I moved to Kauai In 2019 and became a licensed massage therapist. My clients enjoy the calming effects of therapeutic massage during pregnancy and birth. I am currently enrolled in The National College of Midwifery with plans of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. I have done a year long midwifery apprenticeship with Leah Hatcher of Morning Glory Midwifery. During the summer of 2022 I attended births at Maternidad La Luz birth center in El Paso Texas. I am certified in NRP and CPR.
I've attended over 90 births in hospitals, birth centers and at home. Most importantly, I support families to choose the birth setting that best matches their values. As a dancer, bodyworker and certified yoga teacher I bring an embodied approach to supporting doula clients that encourages clients to reflect upon their own stories. I hope to bring my expertise to your family. Outside of my passion for birth I am a dancer and I love to surf. I enjoy cooking good food, hiking and time with my friends.
WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?
Birth doulas help align family values with a congruent maternity care experience. Through advocacy and education doulas support birthing people to have empowering birth experiences. During labor a doula provides massage, birth positions, affirmations and emotional support. Studies show the presence of a doula lowers risks of unnecessary medical interventions. Women rate higher satisfaction with their birth experience when a doula is present. Doulas provide unbiased care for clients at home, hospital, or birth center. It should be noted, doulas are not medical providers and do not replace the need for a midwife or doctor.
"The calmness, confidence and kindness that Sofia embodies was very apparent to my husband and I when we first met her. These qualities, besides experience and knowledge which Sofia also has a wealth of, were very important to us in in the person we wanted attending and supporting us in the birth of our daughter. I hoped to have a fearless, natural, unmedicated and peaceful birth. Sofia's prenatal visits helped me to approach the birth with confidence and without fear. Through the discussions, exercises, body work and meditations that Sofia provided leading up to the birth, my fears vanished. The confidence I was able to go into labor with led to the birth that I dreamed of. The breathing techniques, movements and positions that Sofia suggested and help me do during labor helped it to progress quickly and truly, without pain. Our daughter entered this world peacefully. We are so grateful for Sofia’s support before, during and after the birth and give our highest recommendation that you have her as your doula."