Birth doulas are permitted to attend births at Rhode Island hospitals.
I am also offering "pay-what-you-can" virtual doula consultations to accommodate social distancing measures and economic challenges during this time,
Please reach out to discuss your needs and how I may be able to support your birth experience.
As a DONA certified, professional Birth Doula in Providence, RI, I offer personalized prenatal, labor, and birth support. My objective is to empower mothers in a positive birth experience that contributes to a holistic, healthy start for mother and baby. I will give you and your family the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and labor process.
I bring additional skills and knowledge to your family through my educational background in maternal and child nutrition and as a certified dance fitness, barre and Dancing For Birth instructor.
I also enjoy cooking, reading, and taking walks with my partner and puppy.
To learn more about me and the services that I offer, please get in touch.
BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
In our prenatal meetings, we will explore your priorities for your birth. I will present evidence-based information regarding the risks and benefits of common interventions and procedures during childbirth. We will discuss how we can best work together to achieve your ideal birth experience. Until the time of your birth, I will remain in touch, available to you by phone and/or e-mail.
During labor, I provide emotional and physical support. I can facilitate communication with medical staff to ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions. I can provide perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for your comfort.
After your birth, I will remain with you and your family until you are settled. I can provide breastfeeding support within my scope. We will meet at least once in the weeks after your birth to discuss your birth experience and assess any emotional or physical health needs. I will provide a nutritious meal and remain available to you for any future questions or referrals within my scope.
DANCING FOR BIRTH
Open to both pregnant and postpartum women, Dancing for Birth™ is movement made for mothers.
Integrating styles of dance from around the world, this one-hour, low-impact class is designed to build confidence, strength, and pelvic mobility and stability.
Participants learn techniques to facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy, prepare the body for labor, promote a positive birth experience, and heal and strengthen after birth.
In addition to a fun and safe form of physical activity, Dancing for Birth™ provides an opportunity to share the journey of pregnancy with other women.
"Michelle was amazing. She was such a calm spirit and really helped coach my husband on how to best help me. We were all in perfect sync."
"I knew Michelle was a perfect fit from the start... She had a gentle and kind personality and was very easy to talk openly with about everything. She had lots of tips for my husband so that he felt like a true partner during the birth. Also, she always seemed to know what I needed during labor before I would have to ask."
"Michelle is the perfect mix of professionalism and personability"
We are so glad we decided to work with Michelle. Her advice leading up to the birth was extremely helpful and her communication was reassuring. Michelle was absolutely invaluable during labor as she was encouraging and motivating and provided the support we needed. We cannot imagine the birth process without her being part of it.