"She was so kind, caring, and calm. Hiring her is one of the best decisions we ever made!" - Sasha Lewis Asumaa
Specialties: Perinatal Massage, Evidence Based Birth Spport
Tara is a certified childbirth educator via Evidence Based Birth and Lamaze International. She teaches our 3 hour in-home lesson of Lamaze 6 Healthy Birth Practices. In addition to preparing her clients for labor and delivery via private instruction, she supports them in labor with doula services.
Tara is a certified prenatal massage therapist and works at the Pregnancy Massage Center in the Virginia Highlands. She began her training as a birth doula in 2008 when she certified as a DONA birth doula and later furthered her education in early 2015 when she trained with ProDoula.
Get To Know Tara
Tara is a new grandmother!
How did you discover your passion of being a doula? My first labor and birth experience was 10 years ago - an unmedicated water birth and I had a doula with me each step of the way! She kept me so focused and encouraged through it all and helped me achieve the birth that I wanted. After discovering what birth really was for myself and the euphoric feeling of elation after birthing that way, I began to think more about how I could help other people achieve this same goal and know their options when it comes to childbirth.
How do you involve my partner during labor? How involved you want your partner to be during your labor is up to you. There are always ways of incorporating two people into the role of supporting you as you labor on. Giving sips of water, wiping your brow with a cool cloth, massaging you and simply giving you words of comfort and encouragement are great ways your partner can stay involved.
How do you feel about the use of pain medication during labor? Everyone is different and so is each labor, and sometimes pain management through medication is necessary to get through birth. If your goal is to have an unmedicated birth, I'm going to encourage and support you to stick with that, but if you are open to using medication and want that type of birth, I'm not going to stand in your way. It's all about knowing your options and researching the pros and cons of each. That is something I can also help you determine during our meetings and come up with a birth plan that you are comfortable with.