What is a Doula?
A Doula accompanies women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. We support you and your family with the birth that YOU want. Doulas offer physical and emotional support, help you deal with the unexpected, and most importantly empower you! We serve all families with highly compassionate support, unbiased information as well as passion. We all come with experience and specialized training to help you make the most educated and empowered decisions regarding your birth possible. Doulas who are present during birth provide continuous in-person support during labor. While Postpartum doulas assist with the transition into your new role of becoming parents (again if this 2nd + birth).
As your Doula, we are working for you, not your caregiver or the hospital. We believe that you are in charge of your own birth and that we are the invited guest. We are there to serve you and help you have the type of birth you have envisioned for yourself.
We also strongly support siblings and their families as well. If you are preparing for your second, third or even fourth child, we assist with sibling involvement and helping children understand the transition and changes that will soon take place so they can cope with the newest addition to the family.
Why do you need a Doula?
A labor doula will meet with the woman and her family prenatally to discuss the woman's birth desires. She will help the soon-to-be parent(s) develop a birth plan and understand all the choices that encompass
pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.
11 independent studies have proven the following benefits to having a doula present at your birth:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in Pitocin/Oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
Kandice Burts, CD is a woman of many skills. She is the founder of Blessed Queens Doula Care and has been on a journey of assisting women, children and families for years in areas of childcare, education and support. She is not only a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, but a certified Life Coach, Belly Binding Specialist and Placenta Encapsulate and Childbirth Educator. She comes with a unique experienced of having birth in multiple settings (birth center, hospital and home). She brings to the table a well rounded show of expertise on your team!
"I enjoy helping you feel like the Queen that you are!"
Naima Bond, M.Ed. has been serving children and families for over 25 years in the area of early childhood and disabilities. She has recently shifted her focus to supporting mothers through the birthing process. She is currently Calmbirth and The Relievery for birth professionals trained in using birth and postpartum pressure points for and meditation for wellness. Naima is certifying through Matrona for her birth and postpartum doula certifications.
Raven Thomas, RN is a woman with a divine calling to women and babies. Even as a child, she has been drawn to women’s health and birth. After her own journey of holistic healing after infertility, she is now a mother to her own miracle baby. After achieving a natural birth with a doula & midwife- her passion exploded! She is currently studying to become a lactation consultant, inspired by her own breastfeeding journey. “I am here to help you heal holistically and birth by faith!”