March 2020 Coronavirus update:
As hospitals may be necessarily limiting support people during this time of a worldwide pandemic, I am available to offer distance support at a lower cost to clients. Reach out if you’re still looking for some doula guidance, birth coaching and planning, and connections to resources during this time of rapid change and many unknowns. I’m here for you.. digitally!
Lavandula is the subgenus of common lavender, a flower often relaxing to the mind and muscles. Doula, coming from the Greek word for female slave, was re-purposed by Dana Rafael in her 1970s book about breastfeeding. In the West, “doulas” are dedicated support people, and often work during labor, birth and the postpartum period. Doulas provide advocacy, physical, emotional and spiritual support, resources and options counseling to the clients they serve.
I am an herbalist and full-spectrum doula in the Boston area. Lavandoula is a combination of my passion for herbal medicine and calling to support individuals through transitions in life- be it pregnancy and birth, loss or termination. I am honored to be able to do this work. To learn more about what’s new, take a look at my blog or reach out!
I’ve attended births all over greater Boston, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Hospital and the Cambridge Birth Center, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Winchester Hospital, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Newton Wellesley Hospital and Beverly Hospital. While I strongly believe a doula’s advocacy and calming presence shines in a hospital setting, I am overjoyed to be able to support home birthing families as well.