My pronouns are she/her. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, doula, and educator. I love teaching yoga to folks who don't fit the description of what the media leads us to believe yoga is supposed to look like. I believe if you have a body, and if you can breathe, then you are a yogi!
My yoga practice started in 2001. In 2009 I was introduced to Inyengar, which completely changed my outlook on asanas, and body positivity. In 2011, I completed my Master's degree in Secondary Education for Special Ed. In 2015, I completed a 200hr yoga teacher training with Yoga District in Washington, DC. Since then, I've taught Hatha classical sequences, vinyasa, and yin yoga, in classrooms, in studios, in gyms, and breweries to a wide variety of students ranging in ages from 15-95, and to those who present with a disability (physical or cognitive), and those who don't. I also teach prenatal/postpartum yoga; there is conversation of biology, but no assumption of gender, or familial title. I identify as being a member of the LGBTQ community, and welcome all pronouns, genders, and radiant beings in class.
MSEd Secondary Ed. English/Special Education
Trained DONA Doula
Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss
Yoga for Pelvic Health
Yoga for Children with Diverse Abilities
Accessible Yoga (coming June 2019)
I am truly honored you are considering me to provide nurture and support during this incredible time in your life.
I believe birth is a natural, transformative experience, and that each birth has its own story to write. My goal is to provide professional support and information, so that you feel safe, comfortable, respected, and informed at each juncture you encounter over the course of our time together.
As a doula it is my place to respect and honor your birth wishes. I do not provide medical advice, or perform any procedures. Childbearing and birth is highly individualized; as such my job is to follow your wishes and provide care within my scope of practice.
My doula scope serves you in the following ways-
*Individual attention. I only accept one client per month. This allows me to focus on you and your birth to the best of my ability.
*Emotional, physical and educational support during pregnancy, birth and immediate postpartum
*Upon contract signing, email/text/phone support during business hours 7am-9pm (or after hours in unusual circumstances)
*2 prenatal visits (approximately 1.5 hrs. each) to get to know your unique preferences, walk through your birth preferences for this labor and postpartum period, discuss prenatal & postpartum questions you may have, help with getting your home ready for baby, plans for older children, pets, etc...and give you lots of resources about many of the decisions you'll make in the near future
You can reach me via text or call 24/7 beginning at 37 weeks gestation
*During your active birthing phase (please see When to Call), I provide continuous labor support as defined as: Facilitation of your birth vision, including but not limited to comfort measures, movement, positioning, aromatherapy, additional music and/or special readings, or anything else that feels supportive to you
*Working with your partner to establish and maintain a peaceful and positive environment
*Working with staff and providers to establish a positive rapport and to ensure that you have enough information to make informed decisions about your care
*Photographs & notes (upon request) to document your birth story
*Review birth story during postpartum visit
*Calm presence & nurturing support
40 Main Street Suite 136, Biddeford, ME 04005, US
I offer a discount on my services if you're planning a home birth with Morgan Gaines CPM at Flourish Midwifery.