And now for something completely different
Pelvic Floor Doula Care &
Just for a moment,
Imagine as your birth approaches, an ongoing relationship with an engaged and experienced practitioner, working together over multiple home visits to prepare physically and emotionally for labor and for the postpartum. We talk. Go over the anatomy of the birthing pelvis and how to facilitate its natural movements. We assess the baby’s position and discuss ways to align baby for a smooth transition. Assess your internal pelvic floor musculature for painful over-tight areas, and for the ability to engage and soften in a dynamic and coordinated way. Then create space and movement, using internal pelvic floor manual therapy as well as massage of the external pelvic muscles. We learn what works for YOU to consciously soften your pelvic floor: which positions, which breathing patterns, which visualizations.
Then, imagine bringing this relationship, and these tools, to your birth. You are supported throughout your labor, via calm presence, empathy and encouragement, and a variety of hands-on tension relief skills. You are guided through the personalized strategies we developed for softening your pelvic floor.
Afterward, imagine this relationship continuing into your postpartum pelvic healing. We discuss your birth experience and your emotional journey. We make you soothing herbal baths. And after a few weeks, when you’re feeling healed enough, we re-assess your pelvic floor, drawing on our experience of your baseline balance and tone before the labor. We work together for as long as feels right for you postpartum, and perhaps come full circle to another pregnancy for you.