Some frequently asked questions.....


A birth doula is a birth companion. She stays with you for emotional, physical and informational support. Women who are attended by a doula are less likely to require medical interventions and are more likely to report their birth as a positive experience.  See the doula page and read more about what doulas can do to help you achieve a satisfying birth experience. We also suggest  this informative article and this one from the New York Times. Vanessa is certified through DONA International (Doulas of North America ) which is the largest doula certifying organization in the world. Their site offers lots of helpful articles and doula search tools. 

What is a doula?


A birth doula is there to support you and your partner. Labor is always hard work for the mother but it is usually hard work for the partner too, especially emotionally. When you have a doula, you have an extra set of hands to press on mom's hips, someone to organize snacks and take pictures of your first moments with the baby so you both can spend time with your new baby.  When a doula is present, the partner doesn't have to do everything. They are free to experience the labor and delivery of their baby while someone else takes care of you both. 

Why do I need a doula if my partner is attending the birth?


Reiki is a simple, non-invasive touch therapy. It is a Japanese healing art that balances the body's energy system to help the receiver heal herself.  During reiki sessions, you would normally lay on a massage table while the practitioner gentle lays their hands on you in areas that are comfortable for you. You remain fully clothed the whole time. Receivers of reiki often feel a reduction of stress, improvement in sleep, and a deep feeling of relaxation. Many of Vanessa's yoga classes include short reiki treatments. During labor, reiki treatments can be given in any position and during contractions and pushing.

What is reiki?


How can yoga help me?

The benefits of yoga are numerous. Yoga can help increase flexibility, strengthen muscles, improve balance, protect the spine, decrease stress, and stimulate bone growth to name a few.  Yoga is more than just the physical postures and anyone who delves into the practice of the asana often finds themselves drawn to some of the more philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga.  Learning breath work and meditation can also help you stay grounded and focused in all areas of daily life.  In addition to the general health benefits of yoga, it can also be therapeutic for practitioners struggling with anxiety, depression, body awareness, and discipline. If you are interested in reading more about the benefits of yoga, this article is a good place to start. Many practitioners find that Yoga helps them live in the present moment as well as maintain a flexible body and mind.


Children enjoy all the same benefits from practicing yoga as adults. However, yoga can be particularly transformative for children because of its non-competitive nature. Through yoga, children learn techniques to help them relax, control the breath, and face difficult emotions. In yoga class, children build respect for their own specialness and honor their bodies and minds. Also, yoga for children is a lot of fun. There are games, songs, and even age-appropriate applications of yoga philosophy.  This article offers more details on the benefits of yoga for children. 

“If every 8 year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation”
- Dalai Lama

What do children get out of yoga?


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