“I feel blessed to have had a Doula who was so kind, caring, understanding, a good listener, and knew exactly how to assist my husband and I through the birth of our daughter. She was professional and relaxed which made me feel incredibly comfortable through the 2x I saw her before birth, the birth and 1x after birth. I felt heard and like I was in good hands. Thank You for your guidance!” – Grace, Mom of 2
Meet The Doulas:
Meet Colleen Young, Labor and Postpartum Doula
Often I get the question “What made you want to become a Doula? Is it because your Mom is one?” The truth is I have always had a heart for new parents, it is what led me to being a nanny for the past 10 years.
During my time as a nanny I started working with and supporting friends and friends of friends, specifically during those first few months of new baby at home. I have seen the isolation a family can face, the million non-medical questions they feel their pediatrician doesn’t have time to discuss (or they feel silly asking). Families, especially during the first year, need emotional and physical support. I see Moms needing someone to encourage them, offer them reassurance and confidence that they are doing things perfectly for their family. I have seen Dads needing tasks and encouragement on how to support his wife and new baby, including tips on practical 101 of diaper changing and bottle feeding. So I decided to get more training to walk through the journey with parents — supporting them through labor and into the first year of baby’s life. My heart beat it to be there for, empower, and encourage a family in what works best for their nuclear unit; to become “a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth*” aka a Doula.
When I am not working with birth or postpartum clients, you can find me reading a good book, out on a walking trail with my pup, cuddling our baby girl, or introducing my west coast husband to Buffalo staples as he gets acclimated to our city of good neighbors, or hanging out with my awesome Mom, mentor, and friend.
Trainings and Certificates:
Labor Doula Training, 2020
Postpartum Doula Training, 2020
CPR/First Aid Certified (infant/toddler/adult), 2020
Nanny Jamboree Conference, 2016
Pacific Northwest All Star Conference, 2017
Early Childhood Ed 101 Class, 2016
Newborn Care Specialist, 2015
Meet Patricia Conner, Labor Doula
Fast forward 16 years and I was able to finally get my Labor Doula training. I partnered with an organization called SonRays working mainly with single moms, international college students, and young couples.
I have 10 years of experience as a Labor Doula. I have worked in many different labor situations from home midwife deliveries to standard hospital births to emergency C-section situations to working with women who didn’t speak English.
It is amazing what kind of barriers kindness, caring, compassion, and patience can break down. ALL women need that kind of support no matter what race, nationality, language, or age when bringing a baby into the world.
Caring and Compassionate
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