Stephanie Knol, CD(Dona)
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Pregnancy, labor, birth, and new motherhood are life changing events that will be remembered for a lifetime. Childbirth is the beginning of a new phase of life for the parents, whether it is the first baby or the fifth. During such a profound journey into the unknown, the support of a birth doula, or professional labor companion can be very comforting and helpful. Whether you choose to give birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home, using pain medications, “naturally”, or surgically, a doula can help make the experience a positive one by helping you relax and be more comfortable, giving encouragement and support, and helping you clarify your own needs and desires. After the baby is born, the support of a postpartum doula can be invaluable in recovering from the birth and transitioning through the postpartum period into this new phase of life. A postpartum doula can help both parents have time for bonding, resting, and self-care, while giving invaluable tips and education on babycare, breastfeeding, local resources, and more.
As a doula, I am dedicated to helping women and their partners feel empowered, listened to, and supported, physically and emotionally, during their birth experience and postpartum. I also hope to help parents understand their choices for birth and postpartum so that they can make informed decisions for themselves and their baby. I look forward to working with women and couples of all ages, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
Serving Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma, and the surrounding areas in Sonoma and Marin Counties.