Louisville, KY, USA
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"Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime-an initiation into a new dimension of mind-body awareness."
-INA MAY GASKIN
"I would not have made it through my two days of labor naturally without Lindsay's consistent, selfless support and dedication. She was my ROCK."
"Lindsay labored at home with us all day and knew exactly when it was time to "find my field" as she called it, just with her intuition. We got to the hospital at 9cm, she helped us get settled, knew the nurse and made us feel instantly back at home. She gave me an immense amount of security just with her calming presence and tone."
"As the father and the guy who initially wondered what a "doula" even was and why we needed one, I see now how naive I was. Lindsay never tried to take my place as birth partner, merely gave me guidance and support to be an EXCELLENT birth partner. I would have been lost without her."
HOW I SERVE
INFORMATIVE AND COMPASSIONATE
As a CD(DONA), RYT200 and an IIN Certified Holistic Wellness Counselor in the Louisville area, I offer personalized prenatal, birthing and immediate postnatal care. My goal is to give you and your family the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and labor process so that you're able to enter parenthood grounded and empowered. From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and delivery, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs. I will be committed to the health and wellbeing of your growing family. I promise to offer unwavering support before, during and after birth. I’m always available to contact by phone/email throughout and will provide everything you require to make sure your experience is as calm and positive as possible. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check in on how you're doing and offer the guidance needed throughout.
After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet and following the signing of the contract, as your doula I will be committed to you. I am able to recommend birth classes and many pregnancy related services in Louisville. I will be on call for you two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date. Meaning, I will not take on any other clients in that timeframe and will not leave town without consulting you first. If something were to arise and I was not able to attend your birth, I have amazing, reliable, trained backup support, through a formed partnership in the doula community, that could step in for me. As a trained aromatherapist specific to prenatal care, I am able to safely mix for you bath soaks, massage oils, and potions to ease a variety of discomforts and teach you and your partner appropriate application. Once labor begins, I will labor with you at home, if you desire. Once at the place where the delivery is to occur, I will not leave your side. I will remain constant support to you and your partner throughout birth and then between one to two hours after. If it's possible, I love to take photos. This is not always circumstantially possible, so it can't be promised, but I do try my hardest to capture the sweet moments during labor, birth and directly after.
WHO I SERVE
HERE FOR YOU, NO MATTER
I will not judge you based on your past, skin color, body type, sexual orientation, military status, socioeconomic bracket, religion, type of birth desired or chosen place for delivery. I have attended completely uninterrupted and unmedicated home births all the way to cesarean sections. No matter your desires, I will give undivided support and information. My goal is that you feel satisfied with your birth. I recently received an LGBTQ Health Certification through The University of Louisville, enabling me to offer trained, all-encompassing care and perspective to people of the LGBTQ community. I also serve on the board for Mama to Mama, a program offering unbiased support for underserved women and families in Louisville, acting as a volunteer doula for the organization for years, as well. I'm part of The Birth Care Network, a group of local birth workers including doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, prenatal massage therapists, yoga teachers, chiropractors, etc, so whatever help you may need will be right at our fingertips. I recently became a Wellness Ambassador for Rainbow Blossom, a locally owned natural health food store and can offer guidance to you for alternative medicines and practitioners. I am also a full spectrum doula, if you're in need.
I'm Lindsay, a mother to two kiddos, wife and urban homesteader. My husband and I bought a big, old house in Louisville that we're completely renovating, so when I'm not attending births, I'm generally covered in sawdust or up to my earlobes in some sort of disgusting muck. I'm an avid gardener, chicken mama and constantly perfecting my kombucha recipe. I have a cat that I'm totally in love with but can't quite figure out if it's mutual or not and the best dog on the planet. I also run a quilting business out of my home studio, specializing in big, bold quilts I design myself. I'm an active advocate for women's rights and come from a long line of powerful women friends I've had since kindergarten and two older sisters. As for my doula work, I'm honest and hardworking and passionate about empowering mamas. During birth, I like to keep things light and I have a way of getting everyone in the delivery room to (at least) chuckle. I will not speak for you or make decisions for you, this is ultimately your experience and I'll do everything in my power to help you have the birth you desire. I'm also horribly sentimental and cry tears of joy at every birth. I do this work simply and solely because I love it. To learn more about me and the services that I offer, don't be shy, reach out.
FROM MOM TO DOULA
After going through my first pregnancy and natural childbirth, I discovered a newfound empowerment and connection with my body, my partner and my new baby. The experience was intense and overwhelming, but also amazing, and I was grateful to have had my own doula there to nurture me and keep my partner and me balanced throughout the process. From then on, I gained a real knowledge of my body and my strength and dove headfirst into my yoga practice. Shortly after my second beautiful natural birth, I went through yoga teacher training and earned my RYT200. I'd been teaching yoga for nearly a decade when I decided to deepen my understanding of the human body by attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition based out of New York. In 2013, I earned a certification in Holistic Wellness Counselling from IIN, which I used to guide my yoga students into better life practices outside of the studio. In mid 2014, I was approached by one of my longtime students before class and she let me know she was expecting. I was thrilled for her and as her belly grew, she started to ask me more questions about what it was like to have a doula. I told her it was crucial, that my doula came at me with strength and calm and reassurance at my most vulnerable. To my surprise, she asked me if I'd consider being there for her birth. Oh, HELL NO, I thought. I was not a fan of hospitals, my stomach was weak and honestly, I was not sure I could stand up to a doctor for a woman's rights. But she continued to ask me after every class and she informed me that there happened to be a doula training coming up in Louisville so I said I'd look into it. Turns out, Louisville is home to Robin Elise Weiss, doula trainer extraordinaire. If I were to learn this trade from anyone, it should definitely be from her. So I signed up for the training, learned EVERYTHING about birth I could, attended her birth in December and hit the ground running. That birth and my role as the doula, rocked my world. It was as if stars aligned in that delivery room. Me as a mother, a teacher, a friend, an advocate- it all came through and something I'd initially resisted became evidently clear to be my calling. Since then, I've attended several dozen births, each one magical, and earned my official doula certification through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 2016. The word “doula” is an ancient Greek word meaning ‘woman caregiver’, and in my practice I offer support to women and their partners before, during and after childbirth. My role is to help facilitate safe, positive and empowering birthing experiences by offering the information, emotional support and physical support needed during this time. Learn more about my services below.
As a certified birth doula,
I will work by your side as you prepare to give birth; present in each moment with a spirit of love and compassion. I’ll provide the emotional, educational and physical support you need not only during labor, but throughout your pregnancy and postpartum as well.