In early 2008, during my first of three pregnancies, I searched for my ideal doula. Despite being well-connected in my community and doing hours of research, I failed to find a doula I connected with. I wanted someone honest, grounded, down to earth, light and funny, intuitive and skilled at her art. I imagined finding a peer, an Indigenous sister who could guide and support me during my journey. Ten years later, here I am, being the doula I would have liked for myself.
I am here as a gentle guide, a professional resource and a neutral support person. I bring with me my heart, my ancestors, my professional intuition, and all of the tools I’ve picked up throughout the last decade of trainings, courses, classes, etc. Although I was trained formally as a doula, my biggest teachers were my own children and my sacred womb.
I appreciate self-directed birthing folks who rely on themselves primarily for research, learning, and information. I love to present resources, research and share my experience as a natural pregnancy and unassisted birthing mama with you. In the end, it is your baby and birth. Your choices must be made on your own solid intuition, understanding, and reasoning.
I trust in your intelligence, intuition, and capacity for being present in your childbearing experience.
Full Spectrum Doula Services
Includes All Doula Services:
Birth | Postpartum | Placenta Preparation | Placenta Prints
Two prenatal visits, childbirth, and two visits postpartum. Includes and new mother support, ritual cerrada de caderas and acomodada at 40 days postpartum.
Includes support directly after birth, three days of Mexican Traditional postpartum care: Baños, teas; caldos; atoles; sobadas; and the ritual Cerrada de Caderas y acomodada de matriz, after the cuarentena (40 day period). Breastfeeding, rebozo wearing, infant pottying and mother vitality support also offered.
*If you’re looking for a postpartum practitioner, ask about our A Cerrar las Caderas MTM for Postpartum team!
Pills, smoothies, jerky, main dishes, or powder. Will pick up placenta on-call after birth. $250-. Special rate for FULL SPECTRUM doula clients:
Includes a poster-sized recycled paper for adequate printing. For postpartum and Placenta Preparation clients only.
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Panquetzani’s guidance throughout my pregnancy was so special. She encouraged me to write in my womb journal and to my baby and always had great advice on nutrition and any issues that came along the way. My body was especially grateful for the rebozo massages. I also followed her advice to write my own birth affirmations and those were so crucial the days before giving birth. In one conversation, early on, Panquetzani asked me how I thought my sister’s death would affect me while giving birth. I had not thought about that. She asked me to think about how I had coped with her passing. I told her about how I held back so many emotions. Panquetzani reminded me that when giving birth, I could not be thinking about being strong for others. I needed to be strong for myself and my baby and I would need to be able to communicate what I was feeling. I have a lot of trust in Panquetzani’s guidance, and ancient knowledge about birth and herbs.
Read Melody’s birth story.
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