Dear Expectant Parents,
Congratulations! This season of your life is exciting and bound to be life-changing. One of the most important tools for you to use in order to have the most satisfactory pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period is a well-planned support team. I am grateful that you’re considering making me a part of that team! You may have questions about doula care and my philosophy of birth. Please feel free to ask me any questions that come up after our initial interview.
Training and Experience:
My passion for doula care began during my first pregnancy as I learned about the beautifully intricate design of pregnancy and birth. Since then, I have given birth three times, including my daughter who was born prematurely at 30 weeks. I have also obtained my certification as a birth doula through DONA International, and I maintain my certification with them through continuing education and field experience.
Philosophy of Birth Stories:
Throughout these experiences, I have found that a woman’s birth story becomes a permanent and critical part of who she is. As a way to honor the impact birth has on women, I give each of my clients a written account of her birth as a keepsake. I will record your story’s smallest details that make it uniquely yours while also helping you realize the magnitude of your strength in birthing. I will help memorialize one of your most vulnerable yet most powerful moments.
It is my goal to help women and their partners craft birth plans that make them feel the most confident approaching their births, and I will provide continuous support to the mother and partner when the day arrives so that you both come away from the experience feeling proud of your story no matter how it unfolds. Our birth stories may not be exactly what we imagined during pregnancy; my premature delivery was certainly not what I expected. But I have learned firsthand that with a supportive team surrounding you, your birth story can be something you want to tell again and again, with confidence and strength.
I take no more than two doula clients each month. After our initial meeting, I will reserve a space for your due date on my calendar for the next seven days. Should you choose to hire me, please call or email me within this period to let me know of your decision, and mail the signed copies of the contract with your deposit in the enclosed stamped envelope I give you during our interview. After seven days, if I have not received your response, I will release the space being held for other potential clients.
Happy planning! You’re going to give birth beautifully!
Elisabeth Carbrey, CD(DONA)
The Birth Story Doula LLC, Founder