DESERT BLOOM DOULA HAS CLOSED
I Am Still Serving Women of Southern Arizona...But Now in a Different Capacity
2022 marks my 20th year as a doula and educator. The past two years have been full of learning opportunities, frustrations, celebrations, and time to reflect where I am going proffessionally. In January I stopped taking birth clients and launched a new businesss with my business partner and daughter, called Hedge & Hearth Apothecary. We have taken products that I have made for my clients over the years to support them during labor and postpartum as well as formulated some new products to further the comfort and support of mother and child, young women who are menstruating and wise women who are entering menopause. These products are made with organic ingredients, in small batches and with reusable/sustainable packaging. You can find us at our website: hedgeandhearthapothecaryllc.com or on our IG page: @hedgeandhearthapothecary. We will also be providing postpartum doula services under the H&H name, as well as childbirth education, belly binding and reiki services.
So, on December 31, 2022, Desert Bloom Doula Services will close her doors for good. It has been my pleasure to get to know each of you as I supported you in labor and postpartum, and I look forward to continuing that support through Hedge and Hearth. Thank you for your kindness, support and trust.
Peace and Love,
Supporting Women Through Each Stage of Life: Menses, Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and Menopause.
Desert Bloom Doula Service, LLC
What IS a Doula Anyway?
noun: doula; plural noun: doulas
a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
Why I Became a Doula
The experience of pregnancy and birth has evolved over the years, and can be especially overwhelming in today’s society.
I believe that the need for caring, sensitive
and knowledgeable support during this time
is becoming more and more apparent. I see every pregnancy and birth as a miracle, and as a Doula I feel blessed to contribute my expertise to women and families in the NW Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana area.
In 2002 I was honored to support a friend during the birth of her third child. I was immediately in love with birth work and knew I'd found my calling. Since then, I have gained certifications as a birth doula (CBI), Childbirth Educator (CBI), CPR Instructor (AHA) and have attended postpartum doula training with Pro Doula and Birth Arts International . I have a certification in perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International. Being a doula since 2002 and being a (ret) military wife for 25 years, I know first hand the need for support, especially when family may not be an option due to distance or other factors. Both of my children were born on military installations without family nearby to help, and in one instance, without my husband by my side. I found comfort and support from women in my community when I was feeling my lowest as a new mother. I am thankful for those experiences; I believe they help me be a compassionate support person for other women. My children are now grown and have children of their own. Being a Nana has been my greatest joy.
While researching postnatal doulas in the Tucson area I felt drawn to chose Rhonda. As a first time and single mama I knew I would need a professional to guide me. I now understand why I felt that connection after the conversation with her when my son was 4 days old and I needed help in a bad way! How to successfully breastfeed with having very little sleep with my infant son clusterfeeding and having days/nights mixed up was quite rough. Rhonda was to the rescue with numerous helpful suggestions! She assisted and helped to ease my worries/doubts in our three in person meetings and ongoing conversations. I felt especially supported after the first in person session where I was so topsy turvy and emotional from the birthing process/cesarean birth on top of situational stressors. Rhonda has always been prompt in responding to text questions I have. She was my right hand woman the first month of my son's life and continues to be a support person through the online perinatal support group or answering other questions I have that pop up (I'm typing this on my son's 8 week birthday). Rhonda additionally has been respectful of safety precautions during Covid. Please don't hesitate to hire Rhonda as your doula! She has a wide knowledge base, is empathetic and kind. ~ Kelly
Rhonda is an excellent teacher! She is very knowledgeable and eased anxities. You can also tell she enjoys what she does! ~ Childbirth Class Attendee
Peace on Earth Begins at Birth.
Please drop an email or give me a call to set up an inerview. Please allow 24 hours for me to return your call, as I may be attending a client's birth. These things can take some time!
Marana, AZ, USA