As a child, Gina grew up visiting her mother who worked as a nurse in Labor and Delivery. However, she was a certified midwife in Germany a few years prior. These visits planted a seed that would one day bloom into a passion to serve women during childbirth. The seed sprouted in 2008, the day the first of her two daughters was born. Baby girl was born surrounded by the love of her family, midwives, and a doula. Gina knew that day she was would become a doula herself. Around a year later, she realized that vision and began providing her own loving childbirth services. Her wish is to create a supportive and relaxing environment for both mother and baby in order to provide a satisfying birth experience.
Gina has worked with several families from many different backgrounds and cultures. She has experience with Blissborn, Hypnobirthing, the Bradley method, Blissful Birth, Birthing Within, and Hypnobabies. She is a certified Blissborn educator. She is also an advocate for water birth. Her dream is to one day (when her own children are a little older) become a midwife.
Gina is equally passionate about breastfeeding. She is a volunteer La Leche League Leader in Jupiter, Florida. Her La Leche group meets the third Thursday of the month at Dr. Kekki’s Chiropractic office (401 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter, 33458).
What is a Doula?
(according to DONA International)
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner (when applicable) before, during and just after birth and she may also provide emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
• Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
• Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
• Stays with the woman throughout the labor
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
• Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
• Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level