Hola! My name is Casandra and I’m looking forward to getting to know you and offering guidance and support in your pregnancy, labor and birth, and early post-partum. I am a generally gentle, curious, positive, solution oriented, and flexible person. I come from a culture of women; growing up in my mother’s single parent household with my 4 sisters. My unwavering faith in the female body and it’s innate ability to grow and birth your baby is rooted in this.
I believe that we have the opportunity to grow and feel empowered in any challenge we face with preparation, positivity, and support. I believe birth is a collaboration between a women, her body, and her baby and that the role of support people is to help create an environment in which the mother feels safe, nurtured, and confident. As your doula, I will provide you with the unbiased information necessary for you to make the best decisions for you and your family. I believe in you and your ability to birth and I will be by your side every step of the way, gently reminding you if you forget. My #1 goal as a doula is to support women and their families so they feel prepared and capable through labor, birth, and into parenting. Each woman and each birth is unique and I aim to be present to each individual’s process.
While reviewing information prenatally my style is positive, honest, and playful – I use stories, analogies, and metaphors to help relate information in a memorable way. I hold space for specific issues or concerns that arise during your pregnancy as you navigate through them. I also offer breathing techniques and relaxation to help you tune out the world around you and listen internally. I have studied yoga, flower essences, ayurveda, shamanic journeying, and energetic healing and I use these principles to co-create safe nurturing space with clients. I believe this helps individuals feel empowered to both follow their intuition and ask for additional support when it is needed.
When I’m not studying birth I enjoy reading, hiking, acro yoga, watching wild birds and squirrels, drinking delicious herbal teas, and talking with friends and family. I also teach prenatal yoga, and it brings me great joy to guide women through practices where we honor our bodies just as they are and facilitate bonding between the mom’s to be and their babies.
I wish you love and support during your pregnancy, birth, and transition into parenthood! Please contact me if you have any additional questions and I’ll be happy to discuss.