Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant’
Today they are professionally trained in childbirth to provide information, education, emotional and physical support to a birthing woman throughout the birth process. The doula’s non-medical roll helps the woman to have the birth experience she desires regardless of where or with whom she births.
“If a doula were a drug it would be unethical not to use it.” John H. Kennell, MD.
The use of doulas in labor & delivery has proven to be a very powerful force. It drastically reduces interventions and helps women and their families feel more empowered, no matter what birth plan the have!
Lety Knight, Doula & Childbirth Educator
Lety Knight HCHI, HCHD, CBE, BFPC, is a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Birth Doula (DONA trained). She believes in supporting the birthing family regardless of birth setting and providing emotional, educational, and physical support so that the birthing person feels comfortable, confident, and empowered by their birth experience. Hypnobabies offers a complete and comprehensive childbirth education program and teaches expectant mothers and their partners hypnosis techniques and cues and techniques to have easier and more comfortable births. As a breastfeeding peer counselor she also offers breastfeeding support with common issues such as latch problems, engorgement, pumping and storing for school/work, and breastfeeding beyond the first year.
Rachel Curtis, Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Labor Doula
Rachel has been passionate about birth as long as she can remember. Having experienced the care of amazing teams at the (radically different) births of her two sons, she fully appreciates the value of labor support and is excited to work among the wonderful providers at The Retreat. Rachel is a certified lactation counselor (CLC), certified labor doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She also teaches lactation and childbirth education.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Postpartum Doula
I’m Stephanie Rodriguez C.H.C, PPD, E.T.H., M.R, A.T.P, C.C.R, I am a mother of six wonderful children and have helped to raise 8 kids. It has been my privilege to experience hospital, home, and birth center births. I am passionate to offer Postpartum Doula services according to the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association guidelines. I am also the founder of Love Women Health, from where I provide Emotional Healing and Health Coaching support to the community of El Paso, Tx and its surrounding areas.
My mission is to support you and your family by equipping you with the right tools, guidance, resources, and support once your baby is home.
Amissa Metcalf, Doula & Childbirth Educator
E-RYT500, CBE, Full Spectrum Doula, Lactation Consultant, Ayurvedic Practitioner, has served women and families in yoga and birth since 2003. She has served in high risk pregnancies, VBAC, multiples, IVF, surrogacies, adoption, and many unmedicated and cesarean births and believes that every woman should have a supported birth and postpartum experience to transition into motherhood in a way that is authentic for her and her family needs. Amissa provides group and private instruction, doula services and consults. She also created and directs a yoga teacher training and doula training in El Paso, Texas.
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