Down to Earth
Birth Doula Services
Additionally, Meghan is a birth doula and childbirth educator who is delighted to support you and your family throughout your labor and birth wherever, whenever, and however you choose to have your baby. She received training through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) and with Pam England author of Birthing from Within in 2000. She also received invaluable training with Stephanie Brill of Maia Midwifery and Preconception services as well as an apprecticeship with Five Senses Midwifery in 2001, Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands Advanced Midwifery training in 2000, and the Ann Arbor School of Holistic Midwifery in 1999. She brings patience, knowledge, compassion, and experience as well as a wide range of creative comfort measures to assist you in experiencing an easeful, enjoyable, empowered, and even ecstatic birth.
Growing your baby puts additional stress on your mind and on your body. Professional bodywork sessions designed just for your personal needs may help to reduce stress and increase vitality. Your sessions with Meghan can include Swedish-Esalen massage, Cranialsacral therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, and Acupressure.
These bodywork modalities are effective in:
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Strengthening the immune system
- Relieving muscle tension
- Removing toxins
- Improving sleep
- Reducing anxiety and/or the "baby blues"
- Cultivating physical restoration & emotional relaxation
Bodywork sessions during your postpartum period also may enhance your recovery from birthing including medically and/or surgically assisted births. Additionally, bodywork can help to reduce fatigue, improve digestions and alleviate other common postpartum symptoms. Home visits are available for mothers on bed rest and/or recovering postpartum.
Meghan's training includes professional certifications in Prenatal and Postpartum massage therapy methods which are safe, nurturing, and effective during any stage of your pregnancy, birth, or postpartum. She completed these certifications at the Reiki Center of the East Bay in Berkeley, CA in 2013 and cranialsacral therapy at the McKinnon Institute in Oakland, CA in 2002 respectively. Additionally, she completed certifications in Swedish-Esalen massage, Reflexology, and Acupressure at the Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto, CA in 1998.
To schedule a your bodywork or counseling appointment or a Birth Doula interview please call 510.466.5930 or email [email protected].