Belly Bliss has partnered with the best birth and postpartum doulas in Denver. Join us for our free monthly Meet The Doulas to learn more about doula support and meet the team.
WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?
A birth doula takes care of a laboring person, helping both emotionally and physically, throughout labor and childbirth. They provide comfort techniques, information, options, and support. Giving birth to a baby is so much more than just a physical process; it engages people in a transformational experience. It is a key life event that is full of meaning and emotion.
Doulas are not just for the pregnant parent:
A doula does not take the place of the partner, spouse, or non-birthing parent; a doula strives to get them more involved in the labor and birth while relieving the pressure for them to know exactly what to do.
A DOULA OFFERS MANY BENEFITS TO THE PARTNER AS WELL...
... Increase in partner’s confidence levels and decrease in stress
... Alleviation of anxiety by serving as a resource for answering questions, offering suggestions and encouragement
... Facilitating greater participation in the birth by the partner
... Filling in for the partner when they need to take a break
... The emotional relief that comes with knowing you are not alone in the supportive role
... Allowing someone to accompany the baby during first medical assessments while knowing the birthing parent is also being supported
Why hire a Doula?
... 50% decrease in cesarean births
... 60% decrease in epidurals
... 40% decrease in the use of pitocin
... 30% decrease in the use of narcotics
... 30% decrease in the use of forceps
... Overall, a 25% decrease in the length of labor!
Get To Know Our Doulas!
Belly Bliss offers a free monthly Meet The Doulas event. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what a doula does, how they can help you, and ask questions. This event starts with an overview of the information above, followed by a Q&A and an oppportunity to mingle with the Belly Bliss Doulas.
Katell is a Somatic pregnancy and birth Guide and a birth and postpartum Doula here in Denver. She has always been passionate about women’s health and birth. That passion and enthusiasm never left as she truly believes that this is her soul purpose.
The first time she heard the word Doula was the day she brought her first baby girl home. She felt so empowered by the experience of giving birth that she researched how she could help other women feel that way. But it is after giving birth to her second baby that she decided to make this her work, my job, my mission.
Throughout the years, she has done many trainings. From yoga (vinyasa, prenatal, pelvic floor yoga teacher training), aromatherapy, infant massage, Reiki, past life regression Therapist, crystal healing and more recently breathwork teacher training and Somatic soul based Trauma therapy training. And she believes that all those trainings, even if she wasn’t consciously aware of it at that time, helped her in many ways to expand her Doula practice and offerings.
When not “doulaing” or teaching, you can find her on her yoga mat, having a dance party in the kitchen with her daughters, riding her bike, planning her next adventure, or cuddling with her dog Kali and two cats, Loki and Bibi.
My name is Mandy Gonzales and I am a native to Colorado. I have been married for 23 years to an amazing husband and we are blessed with four beautiful children - two boys, 22 and 20 years old, and two girls 12 and 11. Both girls were sweet little surprises! We are a crazy, active family and love our two dogs Billie, Daisy, grandpuppy Otis, and three kitties Louie, Pippi and Gustavo (Gus).
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, am a certified birth doula, and an ayurvedic postpartum doula working with mamas for the past 4 years. My life is dedicated to babies and children with 30+ years of experience. I absolutely love being a doula because it gives me the opportunity to use my knowledge to support families with compassion and education. I can talk about birth and newborn care for days!
My goal is to work collaboratively with the birthing person, their partner, and families to give them confidence and knowledge to help them every step of the way - each journey into parenthood is different. I also firmly believe in trusting your intuition and utilizing evidence-based information when taking care of your newborn.
Looking forward to helping you bring joy into your amazing journey!
Rachel is from central Pennsylvania and moved to Denver in 2018. She doesn't have children of her own yet, but she has 15 years of experience caring for babies and children as a preschool teacher, researcher, full-time nanny, and postpartum doula! Rachel joined the Belly Bliss team as a Belly Yoga and Baby & Me Yoga instructor in 2020. As a registered 500hr and RPY yoga teacher, she can be found teaching prenatal, postpartum, baby and me, power and private yoga classes throughout the Denver metro area. She also began her Postpartum Doula journey in 2022 and has been loving supporting families in that way along with teaching yoga. She loves live music, cooking (and eating!) lots of delicious plant based food, and spending time outdoors with loved ones.
Cate is a doula that is full of excitement for all births. She has a background in somatic psychology and neuroscience, which keeps her fascinated by the nuances of the body-mind connection. Her understanding of the body-mind connection helps her educate her clients to feel like they can make informed decisions throughout labor, birth, and beyond that help them remain grounded and comfortable. She is confident in each birthing person’s instincts and puts all her energy into making sure their innate power is honored. No matter your birth preferences, she will admire you endlessly for them. Her goal is to educate her clients on all of their options while making sure they feel safe, empowered, and at ease. When Cate is not attending births, she’s most likely geeking out over birth-related books and videos. Outside of the birth world, she loves to go to the park and slack line with her partner and dog, do all kinds of art, and experiment in the kitchen (and accepts that not everything turns out delicious). She looks forward to connecting with you and learning how she can best support your ideal birth!
Hi, I’m Amy! Wife, girl mom, doula…
I became a certified labor doula (CD) almost 9 years ago through DONA International in 2013. I have expanded my knowledge base through Spinning Babies, Acupressure for Birth, Rebozo, and Hypnobirthing trainings as well as attending additional courses that help me support a diverse client base. After attending over 200 births, I can honestly say that I learn something from every birth I attend and feel more passionate about serving families with every birth. In the beginning of my practice, I balanced working my corporate job with attending births.
While I believe that an unmedicated birth is best for mama and baby, and provides the best chance of fully experiencing the power of birth, I recognize that your birth is YOUR birth. I have supported families through homebirth, birth center birth, medicated and unmedicated hospital birth, scheduled c-sections as well as births at Children’s Hospital for medically fragile babies. I believe it is most important to surround yourself with people who you are at ease with, people who know what is important to you, and people who will support your decisions. As your doula, I will be that person for you!
For More Information
Please call Belly Bliss at 303-399-1191 or send us a quick email below for more information about Doula Services.