Recap of the June 2018 Meet the Doulas Meeting
Thank you to everyone who came to the first Meet The Doulas meeting! An extra-special thank you to our presenters; Alexandra Bowser, Sheri Bebbington and Nicole Mortenson!
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th from 12:30-2:30pm and it will be in the same location, the Tacoma Public Library-Moore Branch. (215 S. 56th St. Tacoma, WA). The meeting will be held in the Moore meeting room which is located just to the right when you enter through the front doors of the library. Also, there is free parking and we will have a space for kiddos! If you have Facebook, you can find the event invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/647754725565883/?ti=ia
Here is a brief recap for those of you who couldn’t make it to the June meeting.
We kicked off the meeting with a presentation titled “What is a Doula?” from Nicole Mortenson. Nicole is a Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist at Panakeia Doulas (www.panakeiadoulas.com ). Nicole is also an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. The presentation started with some facts about Doulas. If you would like access to more information and a free printout about doulas, Nicole recommends this website: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/ Then as a group we brainstormed all of the ways that a Doula supports an expecting family and broke it down into four categories:physical support, emotional support, informational support and advocacy. Afterwards, we talked about what a Doula doesn’t do, for example catching babies and performing medical tasks. Thank you Nicole for a wonderful presentation.
Next we had Sheri Bebbington, Coordinator, Volunteer Services & Community Integration, CHI Franciscan Health speak about the ONLY Volunteer Doula Program in Washington State, which is ran at CHI Franciscan Hospital, also known as St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, WA. There are currently 15 volunteer doulas who offer their services to people in labor at St. Joseph Hospital. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer doula, please email us and we will connect you with Sheri or you can visit their Volunteer Webpage https://www.chifranciscan.org/franciscan-foundations/volunteer-services.html Thank you so much to Sheri not only for speaking at our event, but for running such an amazing program for the community in Pierce County.
Finally, we ended the night with a presentation called “Birth Balls 101” from Alexandra Bowser. Alexandra is a Birth Doula, Maternity and Birth Photographer who also offers lactation services and herbal products at Revolutionary Intentions Birth and Lactation Services(https://revolutionaryinten.wixsite.com/tacomadoula )She talked about all of the ways a birth ball can come in handy during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum! Did you know that sitting on a birth ball during pregnancy can help with posture and practice of ideal positioning of the pelvis? Birth balls are also a life saver postpartum, babies love to be held by a parent who is bouncing on the ball and it puts them right to sleep!If you have more questions, Alexandra is a fantastic resource!
We ended the night with time for expecting families and birth professionals to mix and mingle and learn about the different options and services available in Pierce County. We had professionals who teach Spinning Babies, Birth Doulas, lactation consultants, nurses,folks who teach Prenatal Yoga, and more!
We hope to see you in July!
Meet the Doulas