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.
A new mom has been asked a thousand times "How did your birth go?" It is a simple question that is intended to show interest and care for what a new mom has gone through. Often times it asked casually in a social situation and the expected answer is the Medical Story. You know... how long was labor, how fast did you dilate, were there any interventions, and what was the final outcome, etc? New moms may find great refuge in a question like this, as the answer can be fairly straightforward and safe. (And there is certainly a time and place for this type of question and answer. A new mom may not want to get into all the details with an acquaintance or someone they barely know!) However, birth is SO MUCH MORE than the Medical Story. If you've got a new mom in your life, especially someone you are close to, instead of asking her how her birth went, find out how she is different now that she is a mom. Give her the opportunity to go beyond the surface facts and share with you how her birth really transformed her. Another version: How are you different now that you're a mom?