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On average 9,000 babies are born annually within the four Swedish facilities here in the PNW.
Each Issaquah Doula typically spends upwards of 18 hours with each of their clients with prenatal and postnatal visits including the duration of the birth. The time spent with a doula affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency is valuable. We encourage conversations about your birthing and parenting philosophies and we take time to determine what comfort measures will suit you best. Your doula will be an integral part of your birthing team, not only supporting you but your partner as well.
A lot of our clients are delivering at the Swedish hospitals throughout King County (First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), but most notably here in Issaquah. The relationships that have been built on professionalism and the bridges that have been constructed with care have taken time and effort. The midwifery staff, nursing staff and doctors have been welcoming and receiving of the Issaquah Doula agency.
Keeping up to date and knowledgeable about the hospital policies is key for a doula to work in synchronicity with the hospital staff. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency have been given the tools to obtain such policies and the outcomes have been glorious. Swedish Hospitals throughout the greater Seattle area have benefited from the doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency. Each month Issaquah Doula participates in the Midwifery Centering class. Teaching the expecting parents about the roles of a doula and answering questions. The Issaquah Doula agency has carried out many conversations with Swedish staff and attended the on-site Breastfeeding Drop-In to determine the community's need for a Postpartum Support Group, now another faucet of care and support for our growing community.
My agency has a ProDoula foundation. Each of the affiliated doulas have been trained/certified by ProDoula. The certification process is extensive and leaves each doula with a better understanding of the facilities she works at with her clients, along with being CPR & First Aid certified.
Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists have the highest standards of practice in the industry. We follow strict guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and we are the only Postpartum Placenta Specialists who can guarantee that the placenta you are consuming is in fact the one you birthed, since you are responsible for its transportation and we process inside your home.
I aligned my agency with the doula certifying organization that understands the value of professionalism within our industry. I aligned with ProDoula to instill strength into my community. I chose ProDoula doulas for my agency because professionalism and compassion are the core values in my philosophy.
When you hire through Issaquah Doula, your doula's backup is built in. That means that essentially you are hiring the whole team. We are able to collaborate on ideas, gather information and provide you with the comfort and support you need to have a fantastic pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period. The moment you sign a contract through the Issaquah Doula agency, your contracted doula is available to support you via phone, text, email or in person. There is no waiting until you are full-term, we are there from day one and we will remain by your side for as long as you desire.
Having the team of Issaquah Doulas at your beck and call leads to a desirable postpartum period. You may parent with confidence in knowing that your Issaquah Doula supports all of your choices and she will become an extension of you and/or your partner.
The fluidity of support by extending your care by utilizing the expertise of a postpartum placenta specialist, knowledge and comfort of a postpartum doula allows the transition into parenthood to be as seamless as possible. Our postpartum doulas are trained to recognize behavior that falls outside the range of normal. She will help care for your newborn, your older children and teach you newborn tricks that correspond with your parenting philosophies while preparing delicious meals for your family. Our Postpartum Doulas also provide Overnight support so that you may rest. 24 hour live-in care is also available.
The training and continued education our doulas receive is standard within the Issaquah Doula agency. The team of doulas meets regularly to stay current in our field. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency are professionals. Each of us are providing for our families and we understand the importance in our role as your doula. Our commitment to excellence puts you first.
The ProDoula family extends it's on going support to all their doulas and by maintaining professionalism with the nations most progressive, and compassionate doula certifying organization you can have confidence in the doulas you hire through the Issaquah Doula agency. Choosing to hire through the Issaquah Doula agency provides you with doulas who were trained by the same certifying organization, implementing the cohesive and professional support you deserve.
You are our number one priority. You have the opportunity to attune and connect with our affiliated doulas. Our agency doulas provide you with support, education, information and validation. We trust in your ability to birth. We believe in your choices. We hope you choose to hire through Issaquah Doula; where you will find integrity within the care you will receive from one of our agency doulas. We will surpass all of your expectations.
The Issaquah Doula agency is your leading professional support and we look forward to serving your family!
Prior to moving to Washington in the summer of 2014, I lived with my family in sunny California. My husband and I began our family in 2000 and the births of our three sons in 2001, 2005 and 2011 led us to be known as the Foreman Five.
In 2010 I pursued my passion of childbirth. I discovered the role of a Doula and knew that this is the profession I would master.
By 2013 I had completed my training through DONA to be a Birth Doula. Later that year I certified as a Birth Doula from my city's own doula organization.
Thirty-eight days after arriving to Washington I was hired to support a family. I was making doula friends and my career was panning out. I wanted more though.
I was intrigued by their business stance and superior methods of building up women in our field. I signed up to attend labor and postpartum doula training, taught by ProDoula's co-founder Randy Patterson.
My. Life. Changed.
She rocked my world. I couldn't wait to implement what I learned.
I've since taken the Advance Business Training and the Placenta Prep Training. I'm also now certified with them as a Birth Doula, submitted my certification packet for Postpartum and I am currently working towards my certification as a Placenta Specialist.
I've now launched my own full service doula agency. Each affiliated doula is hand-selected and has been trained or cross-trained through ProDoula so that my agency remains consistent, cohesive and attuned with our clients. I'm proud to be a ProDoula. To me, being a ProDoula is just that. Professional. I take my training, certification and clients seriously. I strive to be the best.
I will not falter when others around me or even thousands of miles away behave in a less than professional manner.
I've drawn my line in the sand.
Not only am I a ProDoula, I'm the Issaquah Doula. And I can't wait to get to know you!
Being a postpartum doula is so rewarding. I get to provide comfort, support and nourishment to a family.
Along with facilitating your bond, I'm in your home helping with chores, helping with baby and helping you. I'm supportive of your parenting choices and I respect them.
I do not need to be told what to do, I'll see a task and complete it.
What do I do when the chores are finished and the babies are asleep? I notice the bananas on the counter. The ones you bought with healthy intention. The ones that are a day away from the compost bin.
Because. Why not?!
Postpartum Doulas fill your home with support, love and if you're lucky baked goods!!
Have you had a taste of what a postpartum doula can do for your family?
I grew up watching my mother breastfeed my younger siblings. It was the normal thing to do in our house.
When I was ten my parents became Foster Parents and within a few years our home was shared with over 200 children.
A lot of these children were infants. It was unusual for me, as a young impressionable girl who only knew about Breastfeeding, to watch and to help my mother formula feed. But it became a new normal. I embraced it.
When I had my first son, I knew without a doubt I'd breastfeed him. And I did.
With our second, things got complicated. It hurt. My son screamed and my nipples bled.
Thankfully my neighbor and friend was not only a doula but a LLL Leader! Jula the Doula. She was my saving grace. She helped me try different nursing positions. She brought me lanolin for my sore breasts. She also passed no judgment when I supplemented with formula while I gave my nipples a much-needed rest.
After the scabs healed and I mentally prepared myself, she was there to help. She showed me how to get that proper latch.
I never had these difficulties with my firstborn.
Finally my second child was nursing like a champ.
By the time our third son made his boisterous appearance I was grateful for the hardships and for the advantageous experiences I'd already endured. I was ready for anything.
I'm thankful for watching my mother nurture not only my biological siblings but my foster siblings as well.
If you need assistance with Breastfeeding or want judgment free support, I'm here to be your "Jula the Doula".
"Do Not Touch" was recently scribbled on a piece of lined paper and taped to a plastic container in the office refrigerator.
There's always someone forgetting their lunch and sneaking into your sack to "borrow" your yogurt, apple or sodapop.
Wouldn't you love to see the surprise in their eyes when they discovered the contents within this particular container?!
A human placenta.
A doula took her client's placenta in order to give it to the placenta encapsulator, but first had to go to her new day job for her scheduled shift.
Solution? Why a piece of paper ordering her co-workers to KEEP OUT of course!
This is real life.
But this does not have to be your life. As a PROFESSIONAL Postpartum Placenta Specialist trained by the amazing Deb Pocica and upholding standards set at an industry high by ProDoula, you will have #nodoubt that YOUR placenta is treated with respect, honor and professionalism.
One of the main differences is we supply our clients with a Transport Kit that meets the World Health Organization's guidelines. You are responsible for the transport, this way your precious placenta NEVER leaves your sight. We arrive to your home to not only process your placenta into encapsulated pills, tinctures and salves, but we are there as Postpartum Doulas. We can answer questions and assist you during this transitional time.
Our clients are grateful for this professionalism. They know without a doubt that their placenta is in fact the one they birthed and that it was NEVER in a communal refrigerator in jeopardy of being contaminated or worse!
The Issaquah Doula agency is proud to uphold ProDoula's high standard of practice here in King county Washington.
Interested in having your placenta encapsulated? Hire a professional.
This year was our inaugural Mother's Day Essay Contest. I asked for a short essay describing your joys of motherhood. The winner would receive a $50 gift certificate to Jak's Grill, a delicious steakhouse located here in Issaquah.
I read many entries. All of them made me smile, a few brought tears to my eyes! The love you have for your own mothers and the love your children evoke is glorious. Thank you for sharing these with me. I look forward to next year! Happy Mother's Day.
The winner of this year's essay contest is a mother of three; Jill Burk. Her words speak for themselves:
Joys of Motherhood
By: Jill Burk
From my first day as a mother, I was hit with the hard truth that this wasn't going to be all fun and games. I was "gifted" an infant who never slept. Ever. I say "gifted" because in the depths of despair I remember reading that children are gifts from God, and that God will never give you more than you can handle. I don't consider myself a particularly religious person, more of a spiritual type, but it's funny how much more of a relationship I have with God now that I'm a mother. It usually involves me bargaining with him on the toilet, where most of my praying occurs since that is where I can lock the door and have 30 seconds of peace, trying to summon the strength to get through another day. So at age 25, I remember holding this baby and just crying, pleading for him to sleep so that I could get a few precious moments of rest. With days and nights blurring into one another, I remember holding his soft, downy head against my cheek one night and whispering to him how much I loved him, as tears spilled out of my eyes with sheer exhaustion.
For me, these are the moments where I experience the most joys of motherhood. Those moments where you think you will break apart from frustration, where you just want to throw your hands up and say, I'm done with it all, and feel like you want to run away, then you look down and feel a little hand in yours. A hand that is probably sweaty and sticky with who knows what, but that curls itself into yours and a child looking up at you saying, "I love you Mama". Those moments make it all worth it. When the baby you've been rocking for hours finally lets go and drifts off on your shoulder, allowing you a moment to sit down and relax, or when you're potty training your naked toddler and hear a familiar grunt, and leap across all the furniture in your living room like a superhero, in time to catch a little present in your hands before it hits the carpet. Those times where you never thought something was humanly possible, and you were able to accomplish it, most likely while breastfeeding, talking on the phone and cooking dinner at the same time. Those times where you are up the entire night with a sick toddler and nursing an infant thinking to yourself, I just can't go on, but you pour another cup of coffee and keep plodding. Those times where you can hardly recognize the woman you've become, someone who has traded perfect hair and makeup for clothes that have been spit-up on, used as a tissue and as a napkin to wipe messy spaghetti faces. Hair that is thrown up in whatever style that keeps it away from grabby baby fingers.
Those times that you wouldn't trade all of it for the world, because at the end of the day every mother knows there's nothing better than looking at your precious angels, sleeping cozily in their beds, knowing that you successfully made it through another day. Nothing better than curling up in your own amazingly comfortable bed, a bed that you spend far too little time in, telling yourself that if you had the choice, you'd choose motherhood all over again in a heartbeat.
Throughout my life I have been faced with issues that shape me. I often find myself standing up on my handcrafted soap box with my cheerleader megaphone and pouring my heart out for what I believe in. More often than not, I'm left standing all alone. Except for now.
There is a #doularevolution happening. And I'm part of it.
This revolution is shaking the ground all across the country and I am responsible for some of the quakes. See, for many years the role of a doula has been deemed our responsibility to society. Culturally women have gathered around women during childbirth to assist them in this primordial transition from woman to mother. I get it. It's in our nature to nurture. But it's time to evolve.
The destruction of the common misconception is occurring. What is the common misconception? There are a few. First, is the notion that women NEED a doula. Guess what? You don't. Women have been giving birth since the dawn of time and though birthing with the support of a doula has been proven to drastically improve the outcome of the birth, we are not necessary or responsible for it. You WANT a doula. To educate you, to comfort you, to support your birthing and parenting philosophies. You want the luxury we provide. Two, this bizarre idea that doulas should work for free or for pennies. I think this ideal is stemmed from the nature/nurture thing and it's truly devaluing this profession. Yes, you read that correctly. PROFESSION. This is not a hobby. I am not an #oxytocinvampire. I am a ProDoula; and in more ways than one.
So, what's the solution? The plan? My contribution? It's simple.
The solution is to promote doulas across the country as professional, certified, businesswomen and men. Get out from under those prehistoric rocks and value yourself and the women you serve. It's okay to earn a living wage! Doulas work. Hard.
The plan is to increase the living wage of doulas everywhere by elevating the roles of doulas. We are valuable, important and key players in the birth team. We deserve to be compensated for our time. Though you may think the doulas on this money-mission are greedy, take a moment and ponder how they pay for their training, certification, business licenses, insurance, websites, extended education and tools of the trade. Just one client could consume anywhere from 6-46 hours of doula face-time. (sometimes longer!) It is absurd to think she should be away from her family for this time without being paid.
My contribution is to promote this #doularevolution and to shout into my megaphone about how important it is. I may not be the popular vote in my neck of the woods, but like I said before, I'm used to standing alone in my beliefs. The difference is the amount of like-minded support I have from across the globe. Together we are showing the world that we matter. We are making changes. Doulas are succeeding and the ones who balk, badmouth and shame are going to be left trapped in the subterranean bitumen, burned out and broke.
Don't you know it's going to be all right? Yeah. All right!