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MICHELLE CHIRBY 
BIRTH DOULA

 
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ABOUT MICHELLE

As a certified, professional Birth Doula in Providence, RI, I offer personalized prenatal, labor, and birth support.


I tend to the physical and emotional needs of pregnant, laboring, and postpartum parents. Through knowledge sharing, empathy and body work, I support birthing families in achieving a positive birth experience that contributes to a holistic, healthy start for all.

I bring additional skills and knowledge to your family through my educational background in perinatal and child nutrition and as a movement instructor. 

To learn more about me and my services  please get in touch.

 

BIRTHWORK

PRENATAL SUPPORT

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.

LABOR SUPPORT

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.

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT

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.

I believe all families deserve access to a doula and offer my services on a sliding scale, based on family income.

I welcome discussion of payment plans, trades and barters.

 
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NUTRITION

With Master's level education and training in Maternal and Child Nutrition, I support families' nutrition needs during pregnancy, lactation and infant feeding.

For a personalized consult relating to perinatal nutrition or feeding your baby, please get in touch.

 

MOVEMENT

DANCING FOR BIRTH

Dancing for Birth™ is movement made for prenatal and postpartum parents.


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 parents.

BARRE

Divine Barre classes offer an intense, low impact, total body workout. Each exercise works muscles to fatigue and then stretches them to increase flexibility. Sessions end with a calming cool down for total mind-body integration.


Trained in pre and post natal barre, I tailor choreography and instruction for birthing bodies.

Livestream, On Demand, and Live classes are available.

SHIMMY POP

Shimmy Pop™ is a dance class featuring choreographed cardio routines that tap into your soul as well as your booty. We use the power of music and flash movement to get seriously down and leave ready to conquer the world.


No dance experience needed, just bring an open heart and your water bottle!

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TESTIMONIALS

 

"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.

CONTACT

Please share with me your estimated due date and where you plan to birth.

I look forward to connecting with you!

(510) 519-4809

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