HOW I SUPPORT YOU
As a certified DONA birth doula, I draw upon my training and my personal life experience. I have birthed and breastfed four children in various environments, in birth centers and hospitals, with the support of midwives and doctors as care providers. I have lived in different states and countries and learned to adjust my parenting methods accordingly. Over the years, I have been given the gift of education and preparation for the many changes that come with motherhood. I have grown to understand the importance of flexibility, patience and surrender to handle life's twists and turns. I believe that birth, as beautiful as it is, can also be vulnerable and uncertain. My hope, as your birth doula, is to be a source of support that strengthens and empowers you to be brave and at peace during childbirth.
The goals that I have in relationship to being your doula are the following:
- To provide emotional and physical support in the childbirth process.
- To facilitate peaceful relations between you and your medical professionals.
- To encourage your acquisition of resources pertaining to your particular needs, i.e. Health, exercise, parenting, etc.
- To help you grow your education in prenatal, lactation, labor, delivery, postpartum.
- To inspire your confidence as a mother.
- To help you prepare for the incredible adventure of growing a family!
"AS A PREnATAL CHIROPRACTOR, I RELY ON [DARA'S] SERVICES TO SUPPORT MY PREGNANT PATIENTS."
Dr. Chrisi Binder
6 Month Internship at South Coast Midwifery
Certified Doula (CD) under DONA
HCHD (Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypno-Doula)
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through UCSD
CAPPA Trained in Postpartum Care
CPR Certified - Red Cross
Neonatal-Adult CPR and BLS Certified
Spinning Babies Trained
BIRTH DOULA CARE
We serve as your mentors and coaches during your pregnancy and birth. We personalize our doula care to meet your individual needs and desires. We both have complementary skills and draw upon our various trainings to deepen the connection to birth for mamas and their partners.
BREASTFEEDING education & SUPPORT
Dara De Soto is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor through UCSD with personal breastfeeding experience having exclusively BF her own four children for up to two years each. She has educated and supported countless women towards a thriving breastfeeding relationship with their newborns.
S.O.S. - AFTER BIRTH CARE
As brand new mom’s we can feel like we are sinking in our unique role as the entire food source for our newborns. Dara comes to your home to provide immediate support and encouragement that will turn the course of the “sinking” ship towards a healthy and life preserving beach head.
S.O.S. - breastfeeding support
Dara comes to your home to assist in identifying new ways to address breastfeeding when interventions have occurred.
"We are so glad that we chose Dara to be our Doula! It was like having a living textbook and really close friend right along side us."