Pregnancy & Birth Doula Services in Bend, Oregon

As a Doula, my work is to guide, prepare, and empower you to give birth with confidence, ease, and joy

What is a Doula?

What is a doula?

Doulas statistically reduce unplanned cesarean rates, increase birthing people’s perception of their birth experiences and reduce rates of traumatic birth experiences. At Bobbi Mae Doula, I will not decide or speak on your behalf, replace your partner’s position or make judgements regarding your birth-related preferences. Rather, I will hold space for you through patience, tools, customized comfort measures (i.e massage, music, decor, positioning), provide informative resources, yoga, and bodywork. I will inform you on how to advocate for yourself in addition to empowering your emotional and physical well being in hopes to facilitate birth experiences filled with positive and empowering evocations. At Bobbi Mae Doula, I will be present for your birth regardless of where and how you want to give birth. Unsure if a Doula is right for you? I encourage you to read more evidence on Doulas at Evidence Based Birth.

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will influence your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.” - Ina May Gaskin, CPM

Services

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About Bobbi: Certified Professional DOula

Bobbi Mae was born and raised in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. With a background in Spanish, Bobbi hopes to continue to work with Mexican American birthing families in addition to anyone else who walks through her doors. Since before she can remember, she knew that she would work with women and girls in an attempt to mitigate trauma and facilitate empowering life experiences. While Bobbi was pursuing her undergraduate degree at Quest University Canada, the evolution of her interest in maternal health quickly became evident. Bobbi completed an interdisiplinary BA of Arts and Sciences in the fields of Sociology and Spanish with a focus in social & maternal health services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For her thesis, she volunteered at a local Women’s Center and conducted research on how to improve access to services through holistic, qualitative interviews and creative arts therapy (i.e. body mapping). Bobbi assisted in developing a third-party assault reporting resource for survivors of abuse and wrote a book called Mapping the Margins on the culmination of these women’s experiences.

Shortly after graduating from university, Bobbi was trained as a Birth and Postpartum Doula with DONA International. Through DONA and The Crisis Prevention Institute  she participated in various trainings including; Introduction to Childbirth, Stages of Labor, Anti-Racism Perinatal Health,  Breastfeeding Education, and Trauma Informed Care. Bobbi also practices yoga, bodywork, massage and aromatherapy. She infuses these interests into her practice as a Doula throughout all stages of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. While maintaining her role as a Doula, Bobbi plans to eventually pursue Nurse Midwifery School and become certified in Functional & Herbal Medicine. At Bobbi Mae Doula, Bobbi works diligently with each of her clients to offer them personalized and client-centered care. She understands that each birth is unique and she looks forward to supporting future Mother’s in their birth journeys.

FAQ’s

*Response by Burdett Birth Center

“The services offered by your doula can be broken down into three categories – emotional, physical and educational support.

Emotional Support:

Childbirth can be a very demanding and emotional experience for everyone. A doula can help with encouragement, kindness and redirection to help the laboring person focus on the positives and help them feel as comfortable as possible. Sometimes if a birth plan requires adjustments or tweaks it’s common to feel upset, hurt or worried. Doulas often help mothers to calm down, recharge and refocus on the task at hand. A doula may also serve as a liaison, or a bridge, between the birthing person and their practitioners. The doula may also provide emotional support to the partners of the laboring person who may benefit from having someone to address their concerns or questions while the birthing person is in labor.

Physical Support:

Doulas also help birthing people with physical support. They are trained in strategies that help birthing people with pain management and positioning. Doulas provide advice and hands-on techniques for counter pressure, breathing and discomfort solutions to make delivery as comfortable as possible. They are trained in touch which helps not only in reducing pain, but also in easing stress and anxiety. Doulas may help the birthing person’s experience the benefits of oxytocin naturally without the use of medication by using massage. In fact, studies have shown that in a doula-assisted birth the requests for pain relief drugs are reduced, and there is a decrease in the number of overall cesareans.

Educational Support:

Doulas who have gone through the DONA certification (such as Bobbi Mae Doula) come equipped with information related to pregnancy tips and tricks, labor and delivery advice, breastfeeding assistance and more. The labor and delivery process can feel overwhelming and, sometimes, confusing. A doula on-hand can help translate, organize and relay information in a way that makes sense to a new parent and family.”

*Response by Burdett Birth Center

“Yes! Even for parents who are having a medicated birth, a doula can still be a great resource, as they provide emotional, educational and physical help throughout the process of labor and delivery. Some medications have side effects and doulas are a great support in helping mothers cope with those issues or discomfort.

The same applies to cesarean births. A doula can help the mother throughout the procedure and provide information and encouragement to the family so that stress is lessened and they feel confident with their team and what is happening.”

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

*Response by Bobbi Mae Doula

Doulas and midwives offer very different roles for birthing families. A doula is hired and present to support and educate birthing people throughout labor and delivery. You can think of a doula as an informed birth coach and/or birth partner that works with you and your partner (if you have one) to prepare you for birth and intimately support you through a successful delivery. Doulas work majorly from the “waist up”, supporting you physically and emotionally throughout the process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

With an entirely different scope of practice than a doula and much more advanced certification, midwives are hired to replace an OB or traditional doctor for a birthing person. Midwives go through years of advanced medical training to properly and safely support birthing person’s with low-risk, uncomplicated births that commonly have no interventions. Midwives support natural births in a variety of settings including home births, hospitals, and birth centers. Midwives primarily practice from the “waist down”, ensuring the health of the birthing person and the baby throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum. As the primary care provider for birthing people, midwives play much different roles than doulas. However, many families will choose to hire either; 1) both a midwife and a doula, or 2. both a doula and an OB for holistic care to build a team of supportive and informed birth professionals.

*Response by Burdett Birth Center

“After the birth, doulas can be available to assist new parents with pain-relief management, breastfeeding guidance and family bonding assistance. It’s not uncommon for the doula to become part of the family and an ongoing resource after the birth of the baby.

In addition to birthing doulas, there are also postpartum doulas (such as Bobbi Mae Doula). A postpartum doula helps the new parents and family to adjust. The doula is often available as an ear to listen, a hand to hold and an encourager in the first few weeks after birth when a new parent might feel stressed or overwhelmed.”

*Response by Bobbi Mae Doula

No! Absolutely not. A doula will support both the birthing person and their partner or partners throughout the labor process. A doula plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved and informed throughout the birth to the extent that they feel comfortable and willing to participate.

*Response by Bobbi Mae Doula

A doula does NOT make decisions for clients or intervene with their clinical care. Rather, a doula provides informational, physical, and emotional support while maintaining respect for the boundaries and desires of the birthing person. A doula does however teach birthing person’s to advocate for themselves within birth spaces.

Testimonials

"Bobbi was the best investment I made during my pregnancy! She helped me prepare emotionally and physically for the birth of my daughter. As a single Mom the support she offered before, during and after birth was key to our journey! I consider her a friend and without a doubt would have her as a member of my team next time I give birth."
Birth Doula Client, Karli
"Bobbi was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so incredibly grateful to have had her on my birth team. I had a high risk pregnancy and Bobbi was responsive and super helpful as we prepared for our little guy’s birth. My labour process was also a little complicated, but with Bobbi’s support and calm demeanor, I was able to call on some serious inner strength during the birth of our baby boy. I’m quite sure it would have gone differently if my partner and I hadn’t had Bobbi there with us! We are so grateful to have had Bobbi as our guide through the process."
Birth Doula Client, Katie
"I interviewed a handful of doulas when I first got pregnant, and Bobbi’s calming voice and demeanor was exactly what I was looking for. She had the knowledge and confident support that I wanted in a doula, while also making me feel like she was more of a friend than a paid service provider. I appreciated all of her natural (and effective) suggestions when I had concerns (such as why the heck does my back hurt so bad?!) during the months leading up to my birth. My husband was thankful that she was there for support as well, as we were both first time parents and didn’t know what the heck to expect!"
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Give the gift of a Doula-

Do you have a granddaughter, friend, or someone in your life who could benefit from doula services? Do you want to simply give the gift of a doula to an anonymous family? Now you can. Please contact me if you’d like to give the gift of a Doula!