Stories have been told for centuries, and are a rich part of the human experience. Every culture, race, and nationality pass down stories from generation to generation. Stories can be used for entertainment, to teach a moral lesson, or to preserve cultural history. A story can enthrall, entrance, dazzle, charm, captivate, enchant, fascinate, transfix, grip, or hypnotize the reader. It can make you ponder, mull over, contemplate, consider, ruminate, and turn over in your mind. Stories help us make sense of our lives. We can build bridges and make connections to the characters in the story. They point us in the right directions when we don't know which way to go. They move us forward when we are stuck. Stories can be the medicine and elixir needed to heal.
As we close out 2015, and get ready to welcome 2016, I'd like to gift you with a story. This is the story of La Loba, or the Wolf Woman. The first time I heard this story, I immediately thought of the postpartum journey one must take to fully become a mother or father. If you have ever given birth before, this story will speak to you. If you are in the preparation phase, tuck this story away for later; it will speak to you, too.
I hope you find this story the medicine you need today. If not today, don't worry. You will have this story embedded in your subconscious, ready to be used when needed.
Once you've listened to the story of La Loba, take a few moments to jot down anything that resonated with you. You can journal words and phrases, or draw a simple picture to capture your thoughts. In the comment section, please share with us what you are walking away with after hearing this story!
The intent behind Humble Beginnings Birth Services is to walk with you on your path to parenthood; to be there when you have questions, when you need encouragement, or when you need a shoulder to cry on. I have met some wonderful women who share the same heart as I do for supporting new and expecting moms. These gals are so special I want you to know about them too! If you are drawn to working with me, I know for sure you will love knowing Your Village!
For those parents who don't know that postpartum doulas exist, what exactly do you do for families when they hire you?
I bring comfort and care to families during those first few months postpartum. I work alongside
new parents to create a routine that flows and allows them to take care of themselves and their
baby(s). My support is nonjudgmental and includes emotional guidance, newborn education,
breastfeeding assistance and hands on help in the home. New parents have a set of unique
needs during this precious time and I do my best to fill those needs….the need to be heard, to
ask questions, to learn, to be vulnerable, to cry, to laugh, the need to rest and heal….and the
need to feel safe, encouraged and simply cared for. It is my goal to help ease the transition into
A typical day for me would include making sure everyone has eaten, showered and has had a
much needed break from the demanding schedule of a newborn. I answer tons of questions,
quell anxieties, teach newborn care and babywearing, prepare snacks, set up a nursing/feeding
station, run errands if needed, organize the nursery and of course snuggle those babies! I also
like to write up a DoulaScript or a plan of action to successfully navigate the evenings and days
until my next visit.
How did you get started in this very special kind of work?
Caring for families has always been something that I have enjoyed…and found myself drawn to.
In 2004, I decided to take a leap of faith, leave the East Coast and enroll in a program that
Certified Doulas! I moved to Colorado and have never looked back. Here, I have happily
supported hundreds of families from Monument to Denver.
You're known as the Twin Doula, do you work with singletons, or only families of multiples?
Even though twin families are my specialty, I support all new parents whether they have one
baby or more.
You are a mom yourself, and you've worked with dozens (if not hundreds :-) of new parents. Do you have a nugget or two of wisdom that you would like to share with an expecting or new mom?
A nugget or two…of course!
1. Follow your gut and instincts about how to best care for your baby and your family…you will quickly learn that there is an overabundance of information out there and it can be difficult to navigate through it all. The answers are within you.
2. Not all diapers are created equal, lol. As your baby grows and gets older, try going up a size at night to help with longer sleep stretches.
3. Be patient with yourselves and keep the humor alive! There will be mistakes along the way….and that is where you will learn the most and create the best memories from. ;)
4. Know where the resources are in your area…for breastfeeding support and everything baby.
5. Put as much effort into planning for your care postpartum, as you do for your birth.
Finally, is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m the mom of a sweet and spirited 9 year old girl, married to a wonderful man and we make
our home in Castle Rock. Being a postpartum doula in my community and doing what I love as
my career has brought much joy and meaning to my life. I plan to care for families for years to
I offer prenatal consultations to prepare for your lil ones, as well as varied packages for your
individual postpartum needs, from one 4 hour visit to 50 and beyond. Also, keep in mind…one
or two visits can be a great baby shower gift!
You can find out more about Tara and her awesome services at The Twin Doula.