A little about me…
Bonnie is excited to welcome her 600th baby in 2016. She has been working as a birth doula for two decades.
She has been a proud member of Birth Assistants of Boulder since 1996. Due to the on call nature of being a doula, she is able to contract with around 3 clients a month. Her philosophy is that each family has their own personal best birth experience. That starts with really getting to know each family and their own unique life story.
She views her job similar to that of a river guide. When preparing to give birth whether it’s the 1st time or 4th, parents read books, watch videos, practice breathing, pack bags… similar to the way one may prepare for a big river trip. On the birth day, a doula is there to help navigate the river (of labor) it may be fast or slow, there can be unexpected bumps in the way and things that one never expected.
As a doula, Bonnie helps normalize the experience and provides continuous physical and emotional support for both the mama and partner. She educates along the journey and has been trained in massage for laboring women, carries a TENS unit, and squeeze balls, has taken hypnobirthing classes as well as carrying a large bag of comfort tools. Her favorite thing is to show fathers how to support their partners in labor. Bonnie has studied nursing and psychology while living in Maui. She has worked in two busy CNM clinics in Boulder as a Medical Assistant.
Working with mama’s who know they will be requesting an epidural, wanting a water birth, experiencing a VBAC, having siblings present, attending twin vaginal births, planned cesarean births, high risk babies and mothers, home births, natural births is rewarding. She has attended births in over 12 hospitals and birth centers. Her experience is vast and she continues to learn something new from every family.
Bonnie has been photographing the births she attends for 18 years. Children grow up so quickly it is so important to capture all the little footsteps before the socks begin to smell. Bonnie’s work was seen in “Art Maui” in 2008. Art Maui is a juried art show where only one in ten pieces submitted are selected. Bonnie’s piece titled “Birth Day” was a sensation at the show. Bonnie is a very playful person and really strives to capture everyone’s true spirit, and emotion in her photography.
Some of the support you can expect when contracting with Bonnie for your birth include:
- Continuous email and telephone support
- Educational materials including videos about the birth process
- Two, 2-hour prenatal visits in your home
- Help writing a “birth preferences” to take with you to the hospital and share your wishes with the staff
- Hands-on massage and touch techniques for dads and partners to help their woman in labor
- A positional “tour” of your house to show you how to use your own home to stay comfy in early labor
- Post partum check list/plans to set you up for success
- Breastfeeding support within the first hour of baby’s life and again at home:
- Access to lactation consultants that visit you at home if additional support is needed
- 1-2 hours of support in the hospital after delivery
- 1-2 post visits in your home depending on your needs
- Help navigating the post partum body and emotions
- Telephone/email support for new parents
- 24 hour on-call support after 37 weeks
- Compassionate and caring physical and emotional support during labor and delivery
- Photography and written documentation during the labor process
*Birth photography for doula clients is included in the doula package and no additional charge.
makes this 3 prenatal visits
adds on one
maternity photo session dry or wet
**Fees subject to change based on financial need
Let’s take photos! Wet or Dry $200
- Photo sessions are 1 hour
- Wet sessions: Scheduling under water photos at a rec center (Labor day – Memorial day) or outside in the pool in the summer.
- Photo shoot includes at least 20-30 images back to you in a week, in a downloadable version for you to print as you wish. Custom art pieces and frames are available by commission.
- Please bring the entire family or just yourself. Be aware of any elastic clothing that may leave marks on your skin. Do bring changes of outfits and lots of scarfs, dresses, tutu’s, flowers or anything else you feel inspired to play with. Wearing waterproof make up is very fun and can look great sometimes sunglasses, props, hats, magic wands and rubber duckies are always fun.
- Being in the water and playing with weightlessness feels amazing especially for children and at the end of pregnancy. The water is like a layer of clothing. Any and all fear and self consciousness disappears and a true ease is found.