Great Lakes Doulas is Grand Rapid’s primary source for support from pregnancy to birth and through your baby’s first year. We offer a variety of services because we know that a journey like yours requires a village. So take your time and look around knowing we are “there for your adventure”!
We are proud to support families through a variety of birthing experiences from natural home births to planned cesarean sections and everything in between.
Regardless of the type of birth you are recovering from, how you choose to feed your baby, or how high-needs your family may be, you will have guidance, options and support.
Pregnancy tends to bring all types of different needs to the surface than what we expect. Get in-home support from a doula to help manage a busy home in the last days or support during bed rest.
Sometimes you just need an extra visit, a little guidance, a little different story than the “routine”. Check out how we can make things a little simpler for you.
Knowledge is power. Go into your birth journey with proper tools to help you succeed!
I became a doula after going through a difficult birth and struggling afterwards with postpartum anxiety.
It is now my passion to help other families avoid or cope with the complications I experienced while at the same time growing the doula profession and providing an agency home for other compassionate, dedicated doulas.
When you are giving birth and caring for a newborn there are so many things that are out of your control. But you ARE in control of building your support team! We can promise you skilled support no matter what twists and turns this life experience may take.
The name Great Lakes Doulas, on the surface, seems to really apply to the idea of natural labor, natural parenting, etc. and although it definitely fits with that, I never want to communicate to the world that doulas are only for the natural birthy type. We have an outdoor nature theme because we feel like it expresses our heart for this work the best. Nature accepts everyone, it’s real, it’s beautiful, it can be molded and landscaped, or left untouched and wild.
This journey we are all on, like a path in the woods, is raw. And birth is raw and even if it is a highly medicalized event, it is still naturally what happens to our bodies. This is a part of the walk we are on.
What I didnt want to communicate was perfection, tidiness, being proper, well manicured. Because birth isn’t like that. Postpartum isn’t like that.
What I so desperately want to communicate is that the birth workers associated with this business are people with organic hearts, accepting of whatever comes their way, they have an understanding of birth that is sometimes dirty business, and the expectation is that our clients can be their true selves in their journey without judgement.
There for your adventure.
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