Ride The Waves Doula

What Is A Doula?

A doula is a person employed to provide guidance and support to a pregnant woman and her family before, during, and after labor. Prior to labor, a doula meets regularly with the family to build trust and to explore the different options the family has and choices they may face. When the expectant parent is in labor, the doula is there to provide emotional and physical support both during childbirth and after.

Why a Doula?

Partnering with a doula helps a pregnant woman and her family prepare for the unpredictable nature of birth. This allows for a less fearful, more mindful, satisfying experience. Continuous support from a doula during birth is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the both the mother and the baby, and lower risk of C-section or other medical intervention. Support from a doula has also been shown to increase a mother’s positive feelings about her childbirth experience.

Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.

-Ina May Gaskin

Asking your husband to be your sole guide through labor is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mt. Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d BOTH be a lot better off with a Sherpa.

-Pam England

Meet The Doula

Hi! My first name is Kjell (pronounced "Shell”) and I am a happily married mom of four. I love being a doula because I am passionate about empowering others and helping them to discover what their bodies are capable of. I’m also passionate about warm chocolate chip cookies. Everything is better with cookies.

Doula Plans

3 Plans to choose from.

Combo Package: Pre or Post Natal Sessions + Birth Doula

Combo Package
Combo: all of basic package and either 3 prenatal corrective exercise visits or 3 postnatal corrective exercise visits.

Birth Doula Package with 2 prenatal visits 

Basic Package
Basic: 2 prenatal visits to go over your previous birth experiences (if applicable), discuss your vision for your upcoming birth, and practice comfort measures and birthing positions, access to lending library, foot massage at 2nd prenatal, continuous labor and birth support, and 1or 2 postpartum visits.

The Works: Birth Doula + 6 personalized sessions

The Works
The Works: Basic package plus 6 personalized corrective exercise sessions. Additional corrective exercise/personal training sessions 60/hr
  • September 8, 2019
    Elise Blackwell

    I interviewed a couple of doulas, but when I met with Kjell, she was very personable and seemed very willing to support me without having her own agenda. I liked her immediately.

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  • September 8, 2019
    Jessica Thompson

    Child labor can be intimidating if you’re not well educated in what your body and your mind are doing. Finding Kjell was a blessing!

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  • September 8, 2019
    Jet Mickinney

    The night I went into labor, Kjell was there. She brought a calming presence to the delivery room and guided me through labor and delivery. She anticipated my needs as I labored unmedicated.

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  • September 8, 2019
    Shelby Snelgrove Nicholes

    Kjell was amazing with the birth of our first child. My husband was not sure what to expect with childbirth, and so we thought having a doula to help us navigate things would be beneficial.

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