So, I kinda disappeared from my blog. We moved. We did all the moving things. And then all the other things. I’ve just been over here taking care of my family, working with my clients, and keeping on keeping on. Not blogging.
Lots has happened obviously. I don’t think any of us lived through the past 4 years without being changed in some way. Each year I take some time to reflect and I think that’s been even more important/valuable/necessary these past few years. I look back at where I’ve been, where I am now, and make some goals towards where I think I want to be. And I still love birth work and I still want to write. But to do either, I need to make time for it and be creative.
In that light, I am so excited to be adding virtual options to my doula packages! I know this won’t appeal to everyone. It’s not FOR everyone. But the past few years have shown that virtual doula care is valuable even if it’s different from what you might expect when you think about having a doula.
For a mom who has limited options because of where she lives, a virtual doula might be the only reasonable option. For a mom who is very private and knows herself well, having someone as a resource might be better support than another person in her space. For a family with a newborn who has lots of local family support, they might not need hands on help but the non judgmental emotional support of a virtual doula might be exactly what they need.
Like all doula work, how this works will be a little bit different for everyone. But the bones will be the same. This is still about you. You still get to choose! We still have a chat before you decide to hire me. We still have formal meetings where we work together to make sure you and your partner have the tools you need going forward. You still get that text/email/phone support whenever you need it. You still get the resources and knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. (I just recertified for the 3rd time, can you believe it???). It’s just how it’s all conveyed that’s a bit different.
I still want for you as my client to be able to look back on this baby’s birth or this postpartum time with without regrets. I want you to feel heard and part of the process, knowing that your experience matters. I want you to own your voice and feel confident advocating for yourself. I want your partner to feel confident advocating for you when you can’t. I want you to have satisfaction knowing you made the best decisions you could for you and your little one during this magical, life changing time. That’s what’s important in doula work and that is still accomplished virtually.
Check out more information about my virtual options here and all my packages here. Pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Happy to chat if you have questions! Remember, this isn’t for everyone, but it might be right for you!
Adina Nelson, CD(DONA)
I am a birth & postpartum doula and chlidbirth educator practicing in North Idaho.
She was there every step of the way for me and my husband...I thank Adina for everything she helped us with. She truly is a special person and we will be forever grateful for her! ~Erin