Since becoming certified as a labor doula in 2003 I’ve helped families at hundreds of births at homes, birth centers and all the local hospitals.
At births I help create an atmosphere of safety, calm and encouragement. I am there for emotional support, helping her know how to ask about her options and alternatives, and keeping her as comfortable as possible with massage, positioning suggestions, counter pressure and more. In labor I help women have an idea about what’s just around the corner so she can make informed decisions about her birth options.
Early on in labor I’m talking to her on the phone, usually multiple times, by helping her figure out whether labor is truly starting and how to plan for the day ahead. Later when she’s ready I come to her home and support her in her labor. I stay with her throughout labor until several hours after the birth, helping with breast feeding and other needs of recovering.
Birth is a big subject, and it can be so helpful to talk face-to-face, so I offer free informational interviews at my office in Lynnwood on Wednesdays or Fridays, or Mondays at 5pm at either Capitol Hill or Greenlake.
(Or, if you have a question and would like to talk, please call me during regular business hours at: 425-248-5910.)
“What do doulas do?”
Doulas are natural pain relief specialists who educate and prepare you before your birth, and then in labor, usually come to your home at the beginning of labor. For births away from home, doulas travel with you to the birth center or hospital. A doula stays with you from the time labor begins to get active until after delivery when mother and baby are resting after nursing and their immediate needs have been met. Your doula’s primary focus is your physical and emotional comfort and helping you have the information you need during labor. In addition to the benefits to the mother, most partners welcome the presence of another knowledgeable person to share the work of labor support.
Controlled studies prove the benefits of having a doula that include:
a decrease in the length of labor
improved bond between a woman and her partner
more immediate bonding with the baby
less medical intervention
less incidence of cesarean section
reduced need or requests for pain medication
John Kennell, co-author of Mothering the Mother and a study on doulas and birth said, “If a doula was a drug, it would be unethical not to use one.”
*I now accept HSA and FSA plans and can bill your federal saving plan’s credit card for continuous labor support.
On call 24 hours with full back-up doula support
Two prenatal visits
Continuous support throughout your labor (My fee is for labor support; other services are free.)
If desired, guided visualization or clinical hypnosis for pain relief during birth
One postnatal visits (two visits for surgical birth; extra visits may be purchased.)
Life planning for parental leave and ramping back to work
Unlimited phone consultations
Photography and/or video of the birth (if desired)
Access to my personal library of books, articles and videos
I always offer a complimentary first meeting at my office, or in Seattle on Mondays at 5pm at either Capitol hill or Greenlake. This is just to get to know each other a little and discuss your needs and my services. Our interview is about fully answering your questions. I do not charge for this meeting and there is no obligation to hire me.
Sliding scale: call to inquire. Half paid at the first prenatal visit and the other half at the last prenatal visit.
My Personal Background
My experience in emergency medicine and teaching brings empathy and a love for people to birth. I’ve been a doula for over a decade, and love it more than ever. Also, since 2010, for one day a week I’m a research assistant for Penny Simkin. She is one of the preeminent founders of the Doula movement, Doulas of North America, and author of ‘The Birth Partner’ and ‘Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn’ and dozens of other books, DVD’s, and scholarly articles on birth.
I married my best friend Joe, and we raised two kind and wonderful daughters. When I’m not being a doula, I am an oil painter, and have an enduring love of the landscape of Washington. I have studied at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art with the nationally known portrait painter Tony Ryder, Michael Stasinos who has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York, and Mitch Albela. You can view my painting portfolio at http://dollysundstrom.weebly.com/.
- 2003 Doula training and certification with Doulas of North America, the largest and most respected Professional Doula Organization
- Member in good standing and current certification through the Pacific Association of Labor Support
- Simpkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations School: completed a training course in Care of Survivors of Abuse and Trauma
- Certification in Hypnotherapy from the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Interdisciplinary Bachelors degree from the University of Washington
- Emergency Medical Technician training from W.S.U. Formerly licensed by the state of Kansas
I am an active member of the Pacific Association of Labor Support in Seattle. I was a founding member of A.O.K., a network of volunteers that helped women and children in crisis, and continue to volunteer with the South Snohomish County Cold Weather Shelter, sponsored by Edmond’s United Methodist Church.
Make an appointment now…
Call: 425.248.5910 days
(Note: this page is the new URL for www.DollyTheDoula.com)