Caring, Compassionate Doula Services

To Guide You Through The Most Important Day of Your Life​

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Seattle Doula Services to Help You Achieve the Birth of Your Dreams

Doula services can be paramount in achieving the type of birth most women dream of. At She Births Bravely, our doula services bring numerous benefits to expecting mothers to achieve the best birth possible. You may be wondering, “I have heard of a doula, but what exactly does a doula do?”

The doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides physical, emotional, and educational support to expecting mothers, mothers who are experiencing labor, or mothers who have recently given birth. A doula’s purpose is to help mothers have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience.

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What are the Benefits of Working With a Doula?

Confidence & Comfort

Improve Breastfeeding Success

Decreased Reliance on Epidural

Experienced Guidance

Increased Family Bonding Time

Decrease in use of Pitocin

Partner Support

Higher Birth Satisfaction

Decreased Chances of C-Section

  • Confidence & Comfort​
  • Improve Breastfeeding Success
  • Decreased Reliance on Epidural
  • Experienced Guidance
  • Increased Family Bonding Time
  • Partner Support
  • Decrease in use of Pitocin
  • Higher Birth Satisfaction
  • Decreased Chances of C-Section

How Our Doula Services Will Help You In Birth

I believe that childbirth is sacred in every way. Your birth is your experience. There will be nearly ninety-thousand births in Washington this year, yet none of them will be just like yours.

You are the heroine of this story. You are the one that will birth this baby. Your emotional and physical needs are of utmost importance. A doula will be the person that is there for you, throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

A Doula Will Help You:

  • Collect enough information to make informed decisions that you feel good making
  • Help you prepare for plan A and do everything in your power to support that outcome
  • Help you gain the confidence and trust in yourself and your team to flow with how your birth unfolds even if it means using plan B, C or D
  • Make sure you have continuous support during labor so that you are never left alone in the moment you need someone
  • Work with your partner and help them step into the role of a confident birth partner
  • Be prepared with a Mary Poppins style bag of doula tricks that will help you cope with labor and maybe even enjoy it (this bag always has chocolate shhhhhh.)
  • Connect you with any providers you may need to feel confident in your life with baby (such as newborn classes, birth classes, lactation consultants, etc.)
  • Take pictures for you if you would like

Birth in a Way That the Memory Makes You Smile

Birth should be your greatest accomplishment. You will hold this day in your heart, memory and body for the rest of your life. It is only something you do a few times in life and something that is astonishingly cool. Hello! When else do you get to create life?

Just like anyone accomplishing anything great, you need support. Did Frodo get rid of the one ring on his own? Did Harry defeat Voldemort on his own? No. All great heroes and heroines are supported by a team that helps them on their journey.

You are doing something much greater than these heroes. You are bringing new life to Earth.

Birth by its very definition comes with twists and turns. Unexpected things happen, physically your body changes tremendously. It takes a huge amount of physical work to bring a baby into the world. Emotionally your entire life changes and that requires space to process.

As a doula, I am your support person. The Hermione to your Harry and the Samwise to your Frodo.

If you want to feel totally supported, have an advocate, a friend, a knowledge keeper, a person to guide, support, lead when needed and to watch, witness and hold space when desired, and be your constant reminder that YOU are an incredible birthing woman, then we should work together.

I will help you birth with confidence.

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Meet Suzzie
Vehrs

Hi, my name is Suzzie Vehrs and I am a doula serving the Seattle area from the city of Seattle itself to Millcreek, Northgate, Phinney, Greenlake, Shoreline, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace and others. I would love to help you have a birth in which you are truly
supported, empowered and surrounded by love.

Meet Suzzie
Vehrs

Hi, my name is Suzzie Vehrs and I am a doula serving the Seattle area from the city of Seattle itself to Millcreek, Northgate, Phinney, Greenlake, Shoreline, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace and others. I would love to help you have a birth in which you are truly
supported, empowered and surrounded by love.

What Is My Story?

Birth wasn’t something I spent a lot of time thinking about before I had kids. By training,  I’m an economist and statistician. I have loved numbers and the stories they tell about the world my whole life (yes, I’m the nerd that enjoyed math class). Honestly, birth totally freaked me out. (You mean I might poop in front of someone) ‘Lets just not talk about it’ was my motto.

Then, one day, I wanted to be a mother. My husband and I thought, prayed and felt ready (enough?) to bring a child into our home. We were lucky and conceived quickly. Unfortunately, just as I hit my second trimester, we lost the baby. I was devastated. Because of complications that arose, we had to wait an entire year before trying again.

My first birth was a whirlwind of a disaster.

Eventually, we did get pregnant again. I was anxious, excited, a little less naive, emphasis on ‘a little’. I really wanted a natural birth. I at least wanted to try without an epidural, you know, see how far I could make it? Apparently, my doctors didn’t agree with this plan. They said they saw very few women succeed without an epidural and at 38 weeks, they began talking about scheduling a c-section so I could meet my baby sooner, not for a medical reason.

This birth was very hard for me with a cascade of interventions that, at least at the beginning, was unnecessary. I made decisions in this birth out of fear and ignorance, not knowledge and trust. I did end up having a c-section in the middle of the night.

I will never forget laying in the dark recovery room shaking and alone wondering if my baby was alright. (She was perfectly fine, by the way. Apparently, the entire staff was too tired or too busy talking about their kid’s sports events to tell me that she was whisked away with my husband just for precaution and that it’s perfectly normal to shake so badly you worry you’re going to fall off the bed after birth #hospitalfail.)

This couldn't be it? I wondered.

This experience was not the start of motherhood I envisioned. I saw all my friends looking like queens with their newborns and me, I just felt defeated.

Before I became pregnant again, I knew I had to heal. I had a lot to unpack from both my pregnancy loss and birth. I had to reestablish that I could emotionally and physically get through it another time. I took classes, got therapy and became a diligent student of birth. I was never going to walk into a prenatal appointment or birth without deep conviction again.

In May 2019 I birthed a 10 lb baby in a giant tub in my bedroom. It was one of the most healing and redemptive experiences of my life. I was surrounded by support and grew as a mother. My family was reborn that day.

I have totally fallen in love with birth.

I am passionate about setting moms up for a truly powerful birth experience. Which is why I am so passionate about being a doula. Either in the operating room, delivery room or home, birth has the power to be one of the most incredible experiences a mother will ever have. This birth is a story worthy of being told over and over and again.

Doula During Waterbirth
Doula At Water Tub Birth

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"Birth should be your greatest accomplishment
not your greatest fear.”

-Jane Weideman

Doula Services Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does the Word Doula Come From?

Doula originates in the greek language. The Greek word δούλα (feminine noun) literally means a “woman who serves.”  This is a wonderful way to say that a doula is a person trained to show up in more ways than you can count. The ultimate goal of a doula is to support a mother with comfort, peace and love as she travels through the beginning of life with a new baby.

What Are the Physical Benefits of Having a Doula With You During Birth?

Birthing a child is one of the most intense experiences in a woman’s life.  One researcher, Dr. Hofmeyr wrote, “[W]e need to accept the premise that labor is a time of unique sensitivity to environmental factors, and that events and interactions during labor may have far-reaching psychological consequences. Given the fact that very few human experiences approach in intensity the level of stress, anxiety, pain, exertion, and emotional tumult which occur during labor, this is not surprising.”

Continuous support from a trained doula:

  • Reduces the length of labor by 25%
  • Decreases mothers reliance on analgesia by 35%
  • Reduces the need for augmentation with Pitocin by 40%
  • Reduces the need for epidural anesthesia by 60%
  • Decreases the occurrence of forceps delivery by 30%
  • Reduces the chance of needing a c-section by 51% 

(Cesarean section has a 5 to 10 times greater mortality and morbidity rate than vaginal deliveries.)

Seattle moms, here are the 2018 stats for your local hospitals: This is overall C/S rate for 2018, take into consideration that hospitals taking on higher risk patients like UW and Swedish First Hill, will naturally have higher rates:

Source: https://bit.ly/35lhcqJ

All of these are above the WHO (World Health Organization)  recommendation which states c section rates should not exceed 10 to 15 percent.

What Are the Emotional Benefits of Doula Services at Your Birth?

Birth is a pivotal moment in a woman’s life, a true rite of passage.  Most women will only have the opportunity to bring new life to earth a few times. With all transformational events,  it’s normal to feel everything from excitement about what’s coming, sadness about the chapter that is closing and everything in between.  

1 in 3 women report having a traumatic birth and 1 in 5 report experiencing PTSD after their birth experiences.  Having a doula at your birth supports your emotional health by helping you understand and cope with the pain you are feeling and channeling it into productive work.  Moms who have a doula at their birth report a greater satisfaction with their birth experience, less post partum depression and have a greater success with breastfeeding even if challenges arise. 

What Kinds of Things Will my Doula Teach Me?  

I will help you understand your options and help you communicate a clear set of your own birth values to your team.  I will help you understand what obstacles you may face and help create strategies to overcome them. This includes reviewing pain management techniques and the ways you as an individual cope with stress and difficulties.  We will talk about tools and ways you can prepare emotionally and physically for birth and create a postpartum plan so that you feel confident returning home with baby.

1 in 3 women report having a traumatic birth and 1 in 5 report experiencing PTSD after their birth experiences.  Having a doula at your birth supports your emotional health by helping you understand and cope with the pain you are feeling and channeling it into productive work.  Moms who have a doula at their birth report a greater satisfaction with their birth experience, less post partum depression and have a greater success with breastfeeding even if challenges arise. 

How Does the Whole Process Work?

To begin, schedule a complementary meet and greet. After meeting and talking about your birth,  if you want to proceed, I will send you a contract. We will have 2 in home prenatal appointments where we will review your birth values and your postpartum plan.

I am on call 24/7 to attend your birth for 2 weeks before and after your due date. When you are ready for me to join you, you simply call and I will meet you at your home or the hospital.  I will stay with you until about an hour after the baby is born.

We will meet again following your birth to make sure everything is going smoothly, connect you with any resources you may need and to debrief your birth.

Does a Doula Take a Partner’s Place during Childbirth?

A doula does not take partners place.  Many women will cherish the memories of their partner whispering words of love and encouragement to them and stroking their back for years to come.  Birth is incredibly intimate and nobody can take a partners place.

It is the role of the doula to support the partner so that ten years from now when you are taking about this memory, the partner shines in it. Some dads wonder if they need a doula if they took a weekend class with their partner.  The answer for most dads is still yes. No matter how much you studied and prepared it is still your child and the woman you love in pain, in danger, either perceived or real.

Your emotions will be high as well. Just as you would not expect yourself to be able to replace your engine after watching a video a week before,  you should not expect yourself to recall and be able to coach your partner with the information from a weekend class. Yes, it is good preparation so you know what’s coming. No, it does not prepare you to replace the presence of a trained professional.

One study asked mothers to compare their relationship with their partners before and after the baby’s birth. Seventy percent of the mothers who had a doula services during birth reported feeling more satisfied with their relationship at six weeks postpartum. Only 30 percent of the moms who did not have a doula felt their relationship improved after the birth.

Will a Doula Push Me Into a Certain Type of Birth?

There is no one right way to birth. Many women love the experience going natural and feeling their primal power. Others feel an epidural helps them be present and connect with their child. A c-section is far from an easy way out and comes with its own set of challenges.

All birth will have its own story and unfold in its own way. Recognize that whatever happens, you cannot fail in birth. As a doula, it is not my job to manage you,  but to witness you birth your child and hold space for you to walk your journey with whatever support you may need. That means I honor and support your choices for your birth and put aside any personal predispositions. 

My goal as your doula is to witness you birth your baby and support you in any way you wish.

Do I Need a Doula if I am Planning on Getting an Epidural?

An epidural can be great pain management and is a good option for many women.  However, you cannot get an epidural until you are admitted to the hospital and the doctor gives the okay.  You will have to labor without a epidural until this point. An epidural also cannot get you ice chips, take photos, remind your family to eat and rest or talk you through your fears.

Are Doulas Just for Home Births or Can They Come to a Hospital?

Doulas can attend both home and hospital births. They can also attend birth center births.

What About Labor Tubs?

Our Labor Tub Rentals can be delivered to homes and to Evergreen Hospital. Most birth centers already have fairly good tubs.

What is the Difference Between a Doula and Midwife? Why Do I Need Both? 

A midwife attends a birth to take care of the medical needs of a mother and her child.  This means charting contractions, checking blood pressure, listening to baby’s heartbeat, etc.

A doula attends to the non medical needs, such as helping a mother manage pain, get into the best labor positions, make sure the mother is well nourished and keeps her spirits up.

An OB also can attend the medical needs of a birthing mother.  However, the OB will likely only be in the room for minutes at a time, reviewing charts and returning to ‘catch’ the baby. A doula is continuously available to the birthing family.

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