Hello! Thank you for visiting! You are likely here because you are either pregnant or trying to become pregnant and are evaluating your options. Whichever is true for you, welcome and CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you well in your pregnancy and birth.
My name is Lourdes. My journey of learning about birth and assisting families in their prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods began in 2006 when I started my DONA training to become a doula. My continued education beyond my initial doula training that includes: Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Birth, Rebozo for Labor and Birth, Spinning Babies/Optimal Fetal Positioning, Belly Mapping, Acupressure for Birth Doulas on Pregnancy Care and Labor Support, Acupressure for Postpartum Doulas, Birth Heart Intuition, and Dads & Doulas . I have been a labor/birth doula in the Houston area for nearly a decade. I am also a birth assistant to a few local midwives and a childbirth educator.
I am blessed to be the mother to 4 wonderful boys ranging in age from 20 to 2 years old. My birth experiences span the spectrum of birth possibilities. I have had 2 planned hospital births, a planned home birth turned emergency cesarean birth (homebirth cesarean) at 31 weeks with a preemie who had a 7 week stay in the NICU, and a homebirth after cesarean (HBAC).
I am an advocate of natural childbirth, however, I do work with women who anticipate that they will request pain medication during their labor and with families planning cesarean births. In my role as a doula, I work to empower expectant families to make their own educated decisions and the best choices for their labor and birth experiences. I believe that a woman’s body was created with the ability to birth a baby and that modern medicine and technology has led many women to believe otherwise. As a doula, I strive to help women gain the confidence and strength they need to realize the full potential of their bodies. My hope is to dispel fear and anxiety regarding labor and birth through education, advocacy, and support.
Pregnancy and birth is a very special time in your life. The choice to invite someone into that space is not one to be taken lightly. It is an honor and a blessing to be invited to attend a birth as the family’s doula. Thank you for considering me as your doula.
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