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Full Circle Doula

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compassionate support from birth to bereavement

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By admin, Sep 26 2013 01:27AM

“Women and families benefit from Doula services tremendously because, as much care that a woman can get during her actual labor, even before and afterwards, can really change the whole perception of somebody’s labor. You can have a labor that looks one certain way and another labor that looks - from a medical standpoint - the exact same way yet the difference is how a woman feels supported during that process. As a Midwife, births seem to cluster, having someone there as constant support to the mother-- I mean, Doula means “slave”, right?-- being able to give a mom exactly what she needs in that moment, that’s a fantastic thing to offer. A lot of women have families and friends who come into port; sometimes it’s nice to even have Doulas there to support the family and friends who are supporting the mom.

I had the privilege of working with DeBorah during my client’s labor. DeBorah was completely present for every single moment during her labor. One of the things I noticed is that my client relaxed immensely when DeBorah arrived in town to be with her before even the baby was born. So even the preparation and the work that she did with my client before her baby’s entrance was phenomenal, it was really a wonderful thing to witness. I saw DeBorah being present with every aspect of the labor with unending energy. It was a long labor, through the night – it’s very exhausting to work through the night - and she was there with my client supporting in the best way a woman can be supported. She was massaging, she offered food & drink, prepared different meals as an enticement, little peptalks-- just being there in a way that can really make or break a labor and change the way a labor can go. As someone’s feeling supported through the whole process it becomes less scary. I would absolutely recommend DeBorah as a Doula to anyone going into this process.”

~Kiersten F., Licensed Midwife


By admin, Aug 19 2013 07:00PM

"I remained unconvinced for quite a while when my pregnant hippie told me she wanted to have a doula at our birth. At the end of a grueling five day ordeal that saw my "natural only" wife moved from a birth center, to the hospital, to an emergency C section... I am so thankful that Deborah was there with us.

Other people will no doubt talk on and on about what a great buffer she is after the birth or how excellent she is at preparing you for the days and weeks of sleeplessness and joy you're about to go through. She is, no doubt, incredibly good at these things. While I could not imagine those first weeks without her, I found her partnership in the start of our new family in the little moments. Deborah's versatile conversation, cups of tea, and quiet companionship while I wrapped my mind around my own changed priorities are priceless.

In short, Deborah is a gem, and you'll be glad to have her on your team. I know I am."

~Dustin S.


By admin, Feb 18 2010 12:47AM

“Deborah is well qualified as a doula. She has experience caring for children, adults and elders. This results in a deep empathy for people and their experiences, an incredible skill at listening – hearing that which is said and that which is not – and very practical skills in physical care, comfort and assistance.

Deborah came into our lives when our oldest daughter was 11 months old. She worked for us as a full time nanny for several years and then continued to care for our three little daughters for various extended periods of time, including traveling with us on numerous occasions. Deborah helped to care for me as well – while watching the children – through my two pregnancies during her tenure, often intuiting what it was I needed when I was not in touch with those needs myself.

One year Deborah travelled with us to Hawaii during the late stages of my father’s rapid and terminal brain cancer. I was five months pregnant at the time, experiencing contractions every two minutes and was very compromised. Our other daughters were 3 1/ 2 and 1 ½ and were sensing the illness and the approaching death and were trying to understand it all. In addition, they were dealing with their own fear around my bed rest. Deborah provided care to everyone. Without ever discussing it, she knew when to take the children out of the house, she knew when to sit and talk with them, she knew when she had to insist on me laying down and taking medication and, alternately, she knew when I could not stay down and she helped me to complete whatever was gnawing at me, she knew when it was time to make dinner, she knew when she had to step in to help my father. She did all seamlessly and without reservation.

Additionally, Deborah is very spiritual, accessing a higher power to guide her, while having her feet firmly planted in this world. I have seen her successfully draw on various faiths and practices, either formally or merely in storytelling, to discuss such difficult subjects as death and illness and after life. Deborah comes from a challenging background from which she reached for higher good and consciousness. She is a very, very caring individual. Because of her many and diverse experiences, I feel that she can relate to many different kinds of people”

~Leah H.


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