What is a Doula?
The Term "Doula" is a Greek term for a woman servant or a woman who serves. I love helping people and being a servant leader. Many people don't know the difference between a "Doula" and a "Midwife" Lets chat about the differences.
You Can Doula This Baby!
Black women are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth related complications, compared to white women. This is a huge racial disparity in America. This number is shocking compared to other nations.
"You Can Doula This Baby!" advocates for women's reproductive health and medical injustices in America among women by using evidenced based care. Every woman or pregnant teen needs and deserves the support of a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula or both to have a great birth experience. Every woman deserves nonjudgmental physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual support. Our mission is to be intentional by providing comprehensive support for mothers, teen moms and infants of marginalized families and beyond. Our company wants to educate women and their partners to help make informed decisions during pregnancy, labor & postpartum, regardless of race, religion, gender & socioeconomic status.
Founder & Owner Marketta Hurst
All About Me
Who I Am
I am a blessed mother of six beautiful children and nine wonderful grandchildren. I have always been inspired by the strength of women and the miracle of birth. This is why I became a professional Doula. I am proud to serve women and families throughout Orange, Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Marion, Volusia Counties and abroad. Every woman deserves to have someone there to guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy, and remind them that they can trust the strength of their bodies during this time. Studies have shown that hiring a Doula can reduce the length of labor, there may be less need for pain medication and they are 50% less likely to have a Cesarean Section. I’m available to provide unbiased information to assist my clients so they can make informed educational decisions and provide emotional support for their best birth experience.
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." Barbara Katz Rothman"
My Own Experiences
As a young mother, I became pregnant at age 18 and had my handsome son at 19. I remember contemplating abortion because I was afraid to tell my mother. My friends helped me find an abortion clinic( I had no idea what I was doing) and when I visited the clinic I ran out and couldn't go through with the procedure when I saw what happens to all the unwanted babies. I remember feeling lonely during labor although my mom was with me. I still wanted someone else in the room with me as the father had left me before my son was born. I'm so glad I never went through with the Abortion. God was watching over me and I made the right decision to have my son. As a Doula I can be a support to those who feel alone or just need an unbiased person to hold their hand and coach them through the intense labor pains, give a back massage or ice chips and motivate them by telling them "You Can Doula This Baby"!!! Your body was built for this.
Skills and Experience
Basics of Breastfeeding
Trained on how to educate mothers to help baby should latch properly and if issues arise provide resources such as a Lactation Consultant.
Med Trainer 2020-2021
Coronavirus Awareness Training
COVID-19: COVID-19 Awareness Training, COVID-19: CDC's Recommendation for Using Cloth Face Coverings to Slow The Spread, COVID-19 Virus: & other Coronaviruses.
Birth Doula Education to Childbirth & Postpartum Doula-Birth In The Know
Trained as a professional Birth Doula to assist in Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum support. This to include but not limited to breathing techniques, birthing positions, massage, education and other comfort measures.
State of Florida Notary Education Course Huckleberry Notary Bonding, INC
Notary Public -State of Florida & Certified Loan Signing Agent
Three hours of interactive Notary Education Training from State of Florida Certified Loan Signing Agent Huckleberry Notary Bonding, INC & Certified Loan Signing Agent with National Notary Association Insured, & Bonded.
Doula Birthing Services
How Can I Help?
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
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How Was Your Experience?
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“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them”
Do you perform any physical examinations?
A Doula is not working as a Clinical Professional, therefore, I will not perform any clinical tasks or procedures such as vaginal exams, fetal heart checks, or blood pressure checks, nor do I administer any medications. This will be the responsibility of the clinical staff such as the Nurses, Physician and/or your Midwife.
How will hiring you as a Doula affect my partners role?
Hiring me as your Doula will not diminish the role of your partner to help provide emotional support and comfort. Having a Doula will allow your partner to rest and to have me as support for him or her as well.
What are your interactions with medical staff like?
My interactions with all medical staff will be professional and respectful through verbal and nonverbal communication. I view the clinical staff as being an optimal part of your birth experience.
What forms of Payment is accepted? Do you accept payment arrangements, Cash, Zelle, Checks Debit, Credit or Cash App?
Yes, I accept all of the above. Checks must be paid in person to verify identity.
Do you do assisted Home Births, Birthing Centers and Hospital Births?
Yes, I attend Hospital Births, Birthing Centers, and Assisted Home Births. I don't attend unassisted births.
Do you accept Flexible Spending Accounts(FSA) and Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
Yes, I accept both, if approved by your insurance. It is your responsibility to ensure hiring a Doula and any other other Doula related services are covered. If the payment is reversed or rejected you will be responsible to pay the balance immediately within 24 hours.