My own mother’s journey through multiple cesarean births, hospital vaginal births, and finally two home births, opened my eyes to the power of self-advocacy and education. I was her 3rd baby, a vaginal birth after 2 cesareans in 1987. She had to change her insurance and drive to a different city to find a hospital provider who would support her. She also found a birth attendant which were rare in those days. Her determination to birth me vaginally was an inspiration. My birth was a political act for my mother to regain autonomy over her body and her reproductive choices. Because of her legacy I chose a home birth for my own son, but I respect the decision to birth anywhere you feel best supported.
I gave birth to my son in 2017 and looking back, I know that having doula would have be beneficial. I had the privilege of a beautiful home birth with midwives. I thought midwives and doulas were pretty much the same thing. While my midwives were amazing, they didn't get to my house until just before my son was born. Their job is clinical in nature. They needed to focus on things like the baby's heart rate and making sure that we were safe. Even though we had taken a basic childbirth class, I felt my partner didn't have enough education to know how to help me. If I have another child, I will definitely be hiring a doula!
~ Doulas of North America (DONA) Training, certification in process
~Breastfeeding Education Counselor
~Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco 2015
~Doula mentorship participant with So Zen Birth
~Evidence Based Childbirth Class participant June 2021
~Spinning Babies Birth Workshop August 2021
~Lactation Consultant prerequisite education including nutrition, early childhood development, psychology, sociology
Hi! I'm Hannah-Rose
I live in Newcastle with my husband and 4 year old son. We straddle life between my home town of Sacramento and Grass Valley. I love spending time in nature, gardening, painting, playing my guitar, medicine drum, rattle and flute. I honestly enjoy listening to birth podcasts and birth stories.
I would love to meet you and see if I would be a good fit to support your family through the adventures of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.