Full Spectrum Birthworker-Reproductive Support Specialist & Rights Informed Birth Advocate
Availability for 2023
Due Dates, Fertility Support & 4th Trimester Care!
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Sliding Scale & Payment Plans Available
What do I do as a Birthworker (aka Doula)?
As a "Full Spectrum Birthworker" I support people with wombs (and their families) during their conception, pregnancy, labor, birth, & the 4th Trimester (postpartum) journeys.
This includes space holding & evidence based educational support for the physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual wellbeing of any gestating person and their immediate family unit. Sacred Bridges Full Spectrum birthkeeping is inclusive of all gestating families, birth outcomes, and cultural identities & personal intersectionalities.
As a Rights Informed Birth Advocate, providing, protecting, & advocating for client centered, evidence based reproductive care is at the core of my work. I believe, the right to embody one's bodily autonomy & to receive care that is focused on their needs, identities, & birth intention belongs to every gestating person.
The traditional aspects of my birthkeeping practice are rooted in Curanderismo- the ancestral healing practices of Mexico. It is with deep respect that I humbly carry the teachings of the Maestro/as that I have had the honor and privilege to sit with.
There is an offering for supporting every stage of the dreaming, action, and reflection of the creation of life in addition to your Midwifery/OBGYN care. Packages are available for single or coupled people, and are intended to support continuity of care and individualized support. *In-Person Packages available for those in Humboldt or Mendocino Counties.
Available for those working with a package offering who are looking to personalize their journey further, as well as anyone hoping to work together on a per service/session basis. Including traditional and clinical bodywork (massage), herbal support, and more.
Your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey can be and deserves to be supported, even if not in person. Knowing you have someone to call on, in addition to your Midwifery/OBGYN care, to support you in navigating your prenatal, birth, and postpartum passages can be a magical addition that helps a birth story to sparkle.
Virtual birthwork support is available for those adapting to hospital policies locally or families who live outside of my immediate area (Humboldt County).
I am lucky enough to had Michela as birth support for each of my babies. For my first birth I called her in last minute and in great need for advocacy. I was exhausted and had accepted medical interventions in desperation to get things moving. I knew nothing about birth and felt pressured to give the doctor a "yes." After a 41 hour labor my birth plan was pretty much out the window. Michela was a bright light even when I didn't think I could do it.
For my second birth I was prepared, we were prepared. I had a team. Michela was my massage therapist during pregnancy and my doula for birth. She helped me prep for every scenario and brought me confidence and calm. Her support was irreplaceable. My second birth I was able to follow my exact birth plan. Even when feeling pressured, all I had to do is give her one look and I knew it was up to me and she had my back.
I am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge I have learned from Michela during pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum. I am so lucky to have 2 beautiful littles, helped guided into this world by such wonderful human. If you need a fierce advocate, loving auntie or solely a witness into your next chapter of motherhood, I couldn't recommend Michela enough.
C.H. Southern Humboldt, CA (Birthwork, Prenatal Bodywork )