What I Do
Every family is unique, so I offer a variety of doula services personalized for each birthing and postpartum experience. Regardless of what you choose, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labor, birth and parenting. Together, we will explore your physical and emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you’re completely prepared. Please get in touch to learn more about the various services that I offer.
After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, as your doula I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family, available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.
As a postpartum doula I help guide you through those tiring and emotional first few days and weeks as a first time mom or a busy mom of two or more. I can help with breastfeeding, baby care, sleep for you and baby, overnight care. I also teach Infant massage to facilitate bonding and attachment.
Contact me to learn more about all of the services that I offer.
After having my 2 boys, (now aged 15, 17) I was fascinated with birth and the postpartum period, and I became a certified birth and postpartum doula through Childbirth International (CLD, CPD) in 2008. Since then I have supported hundreds of families through pregnancy birth and the postpartum period.
I am happy to say that I have finished my internship with Susan Forrester and all my training to be a IBCLC. I sat the boards in May and I am waiting to hear the results around mid July. Until then I will be offering Lactation support as a CLEC keep in mind I will be staying within scope of practice. If you want Lactation support added onto doula support just add $100 per session. Did you know you can use your HSA and FSA funds to pay for Doula support/Lactation support?
If you wish to book a IBCLC consult with Susan Forrester (I may even be there if I am not with a Baby Bliss client) please click on the box below.
I also run a free well established postpartum support group "Baby Daze" every other week, I am a certified breastfeeding counsellor through UC San Diego (CLEC) and a certified Infant Massage Instructor through IAIM (CIMI).
Currently I am offering birth doula support, postpartum support, breastfeeding support, and prenatal breastfeeding classes Some of these are offered in person and others via zoom. I am taking extra precautions for Covid 19 and am happy to discuss these with you.
I have lived all over the world from Australia, England, Singapore and now Connecticut, I love supporting diverse families from all over the world.
Lauren was instrumental in facilitating the kind of birth my husband SK and I desired for our first child, little Jadyn Ooi. My labor spanned three days, but we spent most of that time laboring in the comfort of our home with Lauren encouraging us on--with helpful suggestions and her reassuring presence. We probably would've given up our goal of having a natural birth, way before I was ready to push, if not for Lauren's guidance and her confidence in us. Thanks to her, we got through the hard part--the unproductive contractions and exhaustion on my part--and have come out on the other side with a profound and life-changing experience, which included an unplanned water birth.
We were searching for a Doula who was trained in Hynobirthing, our preferred tool for birthing our second son. A few enquiries lead us to Lauren, and our search stopped there. I knew once I spoken to Lauren on the phone, the search was over. I just had to wait for her to confirm if she was going to be around our EDD. She called two days later so say she'll be in town and we just looked forward!
For our first birth, we had another Doula, but felt we needed to go with someone new because of unresolved issues with the previous Doula. Lauren was the breath of fresh air we needed for our second birth, and we could start on a good, clean slate with her.
Lauren always maintained her approach was to follow the Mother's lead, what the Mother wanted, how the Mother felt and how the Mother would want to birth her baby. I thought this was odd, it was such a different approach from my first Doula! Surely I was paying her to guide me, not the other way around!
But when it came to birth day of our second born, I KNEW what Lauren had meant. She was a reassuring presence, always keyed in to what I felt and wanted or needed. Never pushy, never overbearing, never intrusive. She listened to me. Equally important, she did not intrude on the personal space my husband and I shared. My husband was very central in supporting me, as I focussed on my breathing. It was wonderful to share this great private and intimate moment with my husband, with Lauren quietly supporting us in the background.
Lauren was the wing-man (woman!), so to speak, propping my leg up on her shoulder, as I birthed my second born! A great pillar of support, in more ways than one! Lauren trusted in me to achieve the birth that I had envisioned. After the birth, I told Lauren, this is my version of a VBAC, succeeding in all that I had imagined and hoped for!
I also think it's a lovely coincidence that Lauren and I share the exact same birth date! It was just meant to be!
Giving birth at 31.5 weeks and just before xmas was stressful to say the least! Lauren's wonderful support helped turn this dramatic birth into a much more positive experience. Not only did she provide much needed emotional support, she also has a great rapport with the hospital nurses and doctors, and a great contact network for anything you may need (lactation consultant, pediatrician... you name it). Most importantly, she listened to our needs and expectations and adapted to the difficult circumstances. Many thanks Lauren from all 3 of us, and see you soon I hope for number 2.
I attend the postpartum support group Lauren runs and am now taking her infant massage class. She is amazing and I truly believe everyone should have a doula in their lives. She provides not only some great tips and tricks for all your baby struggles but a laid back, welcoming space for moms with her group. When your going through life with a new baby it’s irreplaceable to have the kind of support Lauren is able to provide through all the work she does. I highly recommend!!!