Professional Childbirth Support
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Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Perhaps you landed here by recommendation of a family we both know, or maybe we've yet to meet. I'm excited to talk with you about your pregnancy and the benefits of having a doula!
Why hire a doula?
Throughout history and in much of the world today, women support women through labor and birth, giving back rubs and providing continuous emotional support. Husbands, Mothers, Fathers, Sisters and best friends might live out of town or simply new to this experience. I help support the whole birth team with my experience as a sister, a mother, and a DONA certified birth doula. I also remember what you wanted to remember from your childbirth classes :).
What does a doula do?
What hospitals do you work with?
BonSecour DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA
Midwifery Center at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA
BonSecour Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, VA
Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA
Sentara Princess Anne Hosptial, Virginia Beach, VA
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake, VA
Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin, VA
Whats your birth philosophy?
I believe that women are designed to give life. We are all unique! A wonderful birth to one woman, may be not ideal for another woman. There are many ways to have a happy, healthy baby and I am here to support your way!
The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Here's what to expect ...
Kathy Gillman, CD(DONA)