About Britany Bleistein
Photo credit: Kate Love Photo
Because you can. Because you were beautifully made to birth your baby. Because if you couldn’t or you weren’t, you wouldn’t need me. I am a doula and I am here to empower and remind you that God gave you and your baby all that you need to write your best birth story.
I firmly believe that nearly all great doula biographies begin with birth. We are either moved and shaped into this calling by a friend or loved one’s birth experience, but more often than not, by our own birth stories. Mine happens to be the birth of my daughter Cora in March of 2013.
When I became pregnant, I had no idea what a “doula” was or that I even wanted or needed one. I began my usual appointments with my OB/GYN and after months of feeling like a generic pregnant woman cycling through the doctor’s office, my husband and I became frustrated. We went on the tour of the only hospital that my doctor delivered at, and were appalled. The staff was cold, there were no bathtubs (which was hugely important to me) and it didn’t feel like the place we would welcome our first child into the world. My husband and I started doing research, and at 25 weeks pregnant, I switched my prenatal care to a hospital-based midwife group, and it was the best thing I could’ve ever done. The care I received was mind, body, and soul-focused. After a few weeks with our new provider, my husband and I knew we wanted as few medical interventions as possible. We knew if we were going to have all the tools in our natural childbirth toolbox, we would need to hire a doula.
As doulas, we are taught to “meet the mother where she is.” From hospital to home birth, cesarean to vaginal, I want to meet you where you are and provide you with resources and information to make educated choices for your best birth. It’s your story, your experience, your memory. As your birth doula, I would be honored to help you and your partner be your best advocates for your own birth!
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Why hire me as your doula?
I'm right by your side... always.
The most important thing a woman needs during labor is continuous support. This means that you have someone by your side continuously from start to finish. A doula never leaves your side. Other than you, nurses have many other responsibilites. The nurse is communicating with your care provider, taking care of other patients, documenting care, taking breaks, and taking care of other important tasks. Unfortunately, a nurse’s support ends when her shift does. As your doula I only have one obligation the whole time—and that is YOU!
Don't deny the facts.
A doula as your support companion has a significant impact on your health and safety during labor and birth. Compared with women who have no support in labor, women who have support from a companion who is neither a member of the hospital staff nor a friend or family member are:
• 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
• 31% less likely to use Pitocin to speed labor, which often leads to other medical interventions
• 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
-Cochrane Review (2012, Hodnett, et. al)
You expertly planned your wedding, why not your birth?
You've chosen the venue, researched choices and options, "pinned" all the right tips and tricks, and have done everything under the moon to get in tip top shape for the big day. You planned your wedding day from top to bottom, why wouldn't you plan your birth too? As one of the most life-changing and awe-inspiring days of you and your partners' lives, you deserve this kind of attention to detail. If you don't know your options then you don't have any. Hire a doula to ensure you've prepared and equipped yourself to give you and your baby the best chance for a smooth and positive birth experience, on your terms.
You want an expert by your side.
Certification and trainings completed:
MotherMe Doulas Birth and Postpartum Doula Certified
Evidence Based Birth© Instructor
TENS Unit certified
Spinning Babies Workshop (fetal positioning training)
Texas State Health Department Certificate of Completion:
Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant