Victoria Wilson CD(DONA)
Central Kentucky Birth Doula
Like you, I am a mother. And it was during the mothering of my first child I discovered how vital support is. During my first pregnancy I drank the birth junkie Kool-Aid and haven’t looked back. My goal is to help women have a working knowledge of birth, that they might feel comfortable and empowered during their own birthing experiences. In our culture, birth is largely misunderstood. As a doula and educator, my job is to demystify the world of pregnancy and birth.
“Seeing her come through the door with coffee in one hand and a birth ball in the other instantly calmed me down and settled my spirit. She was prepared. She was in for the long haul. Which made me feel prepared. She stuck with me throughout my natural labor, calmed me when I thought I couldn’t go on, supporting my decision to opt for an epidural. Turns out, there wasn’t time for one! Victoria stayed by my side, helping our doctor and nurses; working as a team. At post-natal visits our doctors kept bragging about her kind and calming nature. I can’t imagine working with anyone else to bring another life into this world. Victoria helped me bring our daughter into the world and welcomed her with a bright and sincere smile. I can’t recommend Victoria enough.” –Second Time Mama
I am a DONA International certified birth doula. Additionally, I have completed childbirth educator training through Passion for Birth.
“Victoria was a huge asset during the last part of pregnancy and the birth of my second daughter! I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like if she weren’t there! She helped me mentally, emotionally, and physically, and it helps that she has a genuine personality and made me feel comfortable and cared for. I would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a doula!” –Second Time Mama
I believe that mothers are born on the same day as their babies. Birth is a rite of passage. Physiologically designed to be a visceral, lifelong memory. A time when women greatly benefit from being informed, empowered, and comforted. To be mothered, that they might mother. It is my desire to support you in the birth that you feel is best for you and your family. My goal is to serve you with information, physical comfort measures, and encouragement.
“Victoria was a wonderful doula for me and my husband, not only while I was in labor, but in the months leading up and preparing for the arrival of our son! Her ability to balance all of the demands that a birth requires is truly a gift. After my birth I thought a lot about the support that Victoria provided to my little family and I realized that I could have birthed my son without her help (babies do have a funny way of working out that way) but I absolutely wouldn’t have wanted to!I look forward to working with Victoria again!” –First TIme Mama
What is a doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means “a woman who serves.” Today, doulas are trained non-medical professionals offering continuous support to moms during the entire childbirth experience.
How will a doula help me?
Doulas empower mothers to fulfill their individual desires for birth. A doula’s ultimate goal is to help moms experience a positive and safe birth through information and support. During labor, doulas provide physical comfort to mothers by way of pain relief techniques and suggestions to make labor easier. Doulas also provide emotional reassurance to mothers and their birth team. Even if you plan on having a family member or friend present at birth, doulas can still be of great help! In my experience, dads enjoy being able to be more present at the birth of their child – knowing a knowledgeable guide is present to care for mom.
Do I have to have a natural birth to use a doula?
Not at all! A doula has no hidden agenda for a client’s birth. A doula’s role is to help the mother navigate the birth she desires. Doulas also can help moms adjust when their birth plans change.
What are the benefits of using a doula?
“Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of [synthetic] oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%.” (AmericanPregnancy.org)
Does a doula make decisions for her clients?
A doula does not make decisions for her clients. She provides information, supports the woman in her decision-making, and ensures the woman’s wishes are made known to her care provider.
Will a doula replace my partner?
Nope! In my experience, a doula really helps dads enjoy birth! (Click here to watch what dads *really* think about using a doula!)
Birth is natural. Why do I need to prepare for it?
Childbirth is certainly a natural process, but birth still can be a mysterious force of nature! A childbirth education/preparation course demystifies much of the birthing process. Sessions provide an opportunity to address any of your fears about birth, learn comfort measures to handle labor pain, understand medical interventions, connect with your birth partner, and more.