My name is Lauren and I am a DONA & toLabor trained birth doula. I was trained as a postpartum doula through CAPPA. I am also a Lamaze/Passion for Birth trained childbirth educator. I don’t have any children of my own yet, which gives me flexibility when it comes to birth work. I live in Jamaica Plain, and volunteer as a birth doula at a Boston hospital.
I am a strong believer in normal (natural) childbirth, and in a women’s ability to give birth this way. However, I also think it’s critical to empower women to birth with confidence, no matter the type of birth she desires! I feel strongly that every birthing mom should have a doula; it’s fact that constant emotional and physical support from another woman can lead to better outcomes in labor – women who receive continuous support during labor are more likely to give birth spontaneously (without cesarean section, vacuum extraction or forceps) and to have a shorter labor. They are also less likely to use pain relieving drugs or to have a baby with a low 5-minute Apgar score. I feel it’s important to empower pregnant women to have their best birth by ensuring they know all their options and helping them feel confidence in their ability to give birth. Serving as a doula is an amazing opportunity to support women as they start on an amazing journey!
I began an accelerated nursing program at Curry College in Milton, MA in January 2014. After a whirlwind 18 months studying hard and enjoying clinical rotations in various Boston hospitals – Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General, and Newton-Wellesley – I graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In July 2015 I sat for the NCLEX and became a Registered Nurse. This new degree has allowed me to work with women and moms-to-be in a whole new capacity as an OB/GYN Staff Nurse at a wonderful community health clinic in Roxbury, MA.
In 2007 I graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with degrees in Spanish & Hispanic Studies and Sociology/Anthropology. While at Earlham I was blessed with the opportunity to travel abroad to Central and Southern Mexico for a semester and spend a May term walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Both experiences were life changing but walking 315 miles of the Camino in under 21 days really showed me I could do anything I put my mind to! I have a regular yoga practice and try to bring the mindfulness I find on the mat into my personal and professional life, and live my practice off the mat! I truly enjoy music’s many forms – I regularly attend concerts and I’ve sung with choruses most of my life. I used to sing with a wonderful women’s chorus here in Boston, called Voices Rising and I hope I’m able to return to them someday! I am passionate about education, in love with the ocean, and truly enjoy connecting with other people – through my work as a doula, as a volunteer, and as a friend. I also really enjoy reading – although that’s a hobby completely devoted to the doula craft these days. I am a Quaker. I live in Jamaica Plain with an occasionally cranky old cat and an even crankier hedgehog.