• The Rosewater Doula

ABC's to remember in your birthing space.


A- Acupressure

Acupressure is a great way to help you to relax, curb nausea, and get labor progressing! Acupressure should be taught by a professional, and only used if its been “okayed” by by your provider.

B-Bouncing on the birth ball

The birth ball is a great tool to have in labor! It is a great way to help your baby to engage their head and move down. Along side bouncing, rocking back and forth, or doing a “hula” type dance can also help open your pelvis and encourage your baby to continue to move into a more optimal position.

C-Change of scenery

Labor land is an interesting place, during your birthing time rhythm, ritual, and routine become increasingly important. Changing scenery can be very beneficial if you're feeling “stuck in a rut” or need some fresh air.

D-Doula

Hiring a doula is a great way to have loads of additional, continuous support for you AND your supportive partner in your birthing space. Doula's can bring a fresh prospective and additional specialized tools acquired through their training and certifications.

E-Essential Oils

Before using EO’s please consult with a professional, and your health care provider. Several Essential Oils have relaxing benefits such as lavender, and rose. Other oils have been used in birthing spaces for centuries such as clary sage.

F-Fun

Don’t forget to have FUN! Laughter has an important roll to play in the birth space.

G-Guided imagery

Guided imagery and hypnosis are important tools to use during your birthing time. As the brain goes into “labor land” the brain naturally wants to enter into a sort of state of hypnosis, giving the brain something to focus on that allows it to become more rhythmic helps to ease anxiety and quiet fears.

H-Hugging

Like mentioned above, and will be mentioned again below—oxytocin is such an important element in any birthing space, hugging, dancing, kissing, all of these things help produce more oxytocin. The word Oxytocin itself is derived from a greek work meaning “swift birth” originally thought to only be present in female bodies. Anyway to get these love hormones flowing is going to be beneficial in a birthing space.

I-Intimacy

Sex to ‘induce’ labor does not have a lot of “scientific backing” some studies will claim that it is an effective way to hasten ones birthing time/bring on labor all together, other studies you’ll find conflicting ideas. However, just to break down what we do know. In order for a baby to be ready to be born first the cervix needs to be “ripe” (soft), the medical way of softening the cervix is to use Cytotec or Cervidil, both of these drugs are the synthetic form of prostaglandin which is found largely in semen. So, if you’re in a safe and/or monogamous relationship where sexual intimacy in your early birthing time is an option, this might be a good option for you—unless otherwise told by your provider not to for medical reasons, or your waters have already released (waters breaking).

J-Joking

Birth can be messy, and birth can be funny—it’s ok to laugh about it! Your Doula, Birth Photographer and Provider won't even bat an eye if something “uncomfortable” or awkward happens (they’ve seen it before) , but it’s ok to lighten the mood and laugh about it with your supportive partner. Joking and laughing can also really help break down stigmas that the media has created surrounding the birthing space.

K-Kissing

Bring on all the oxytocin!

L-Laughing

Like mentioned above, especially in your early birthing time. (when you're in your active birthing time, it’s normal to not fee like laughing or being playful) laughing can also be a good way to reduce stress. During your birthing time it’s really helpful to draw on ways that you normally cope during an intense situation. While packing your birth bag plan to bring somethings that will help you laugh!

M-Massage

Ina May Gaskin says “if a woman doesn't look like a goddess in labor, someone isn't treating her right.” Is so true. Massage is a great way to get comfortable and relaxed during your birthing time.

N-Nipple Stimulation

Nipple stimulation is a great tool during your birthing time (if okayed by your provider) to help if labor seems to be “stalling out”. Nipple stimulation simulates a baby suckling and intern helps promote the magical oxytocin!

O-Oxygen

Breathe. Notice your breath. Take time to notice and appreciate your breath. Your oxygen is your energy and as you breathe and oxygenate your blood your baby also receives oxygen. Breathing is more than important, breathing can help you to feel centered, grounded and balanced.

P-Peeing! Often!

Remembering to go to the bathroom can become an after thought. But sitting on the toilet and urinating has a few really cool benefits, first—it helps relax and release the pelvic floor! Muscle memory is real, and when the birthing person sits on the toilet it helps everything to “let go” also, having an empty bladder gives baby more room to move down.

Q-Quiet meditation

Taking time to be quiet, to meditate and to be present in the moment can be really soothing and also help to reduce stress.

R-Resting

There is something that I see as a doula at every single birth, and that is resting. Resting is so important. Whether your birthing time is one hour or 21 hours take your time to rest whenever you can.

S-Swaying

Swaying, and dancing is a great way to help baby to move down, and to help baby to get into a more optimal position.

T-Tea

Drinking tea is a great way to get additional vitamins and nutrients when keeping actual food down isn't working well.

U-Under Water, Tub, Shower

Also known as hydrotherapy has been proven to help aid in relaxation during one’s birthing time. As the birthing person comes closer to the pushing phase, being in the bathtub also offers “counter presser” of around 30% on the perineum, this could possibly help prevent tearing.

V-Visualization

Visualization and affirmations can be really helpful to ease your mind and help you if you are getting overwhelmed. Ritual can be very calming and reassuring.

W-Water

STAY Hydrated! Hydration is important for tons of reasons. Hydration helps the uterus have more effective contractions, hydration helps the amnionic fluid continue to filter and circulate, and hydration keeps the birthing persons electrolyte levels up!

X-eXpectations

Hold space for realistic expectations especially around your baby's TIMELINE. Babies need time to be born. And babies need time to get ready to be born. It is so important to allow labor to begin on it’s own, and allow labor to naturally unfold on it’s own. (unless medically advised otherwise by a provider for a legitimate health concern.)

Y-Yellow lighting, dim lighting

Setting up your “birthing cave” is some

Z-Zig Zag hips

Getting baby into an optimal position requires a lot of movement. Moving hips can help baby to do this.

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Emily was my doula, she had a peaceful, hopeful influence on my birth experience. I was pregnant with twins and even though I already had given birth naturally twice before, I was still feeling afraid of attempting an un-medicated, vaginal birth for TWINS. It felt overwhelming and unknown to me. Because of her I had the courage to give birth to my twin boys without any medical intervention! It was one of the most beautiful and empowering experiences of my life! Emily was so attentive and cheerful during my birth. I know my twin birth experience would not have been this successful without her. She kept me calm, relaxed, and even happy! She was encouraging and affirming every step of the way, and I would recommend her to anyone looking to create a peaceful, positive, empowering birth team. -Heidi, Silverdale, WA
When I first met Emily, she was so comfortable to be around that I realized I wanted a doula for all the reasons most women do, but I also wanted a female companion in the room. Being 2,000 Miles from home with no one but my husband by my side was a chilling and foreboding thought...Emily had a great knack for anticipating my needs. When it was all said and done I felt like I’d had my sister in The room with me. I wanted to share everything with her and truly felt bonded with her. -Fawn, Tacoma, WA
My nurses were amazing with all three of my kids, I especially loved my nurses with my youngest kid, but the one person I couldn't thank enough is Emily McGregor my doula. She stuck by my side the whole time rubbed my back, did breathing exercises, got me water, and talked with my hospital staff. When I reach the transition stage I started to get sick and she helped me get through it. Without her I don't know what I would have done!! Emily was my doula but also became a friend. -Emily C. Tacoma, WA
Emily is someone that I cannot birth without! She is the definition of the perfect birthing partner. During my delivery she was by my side the entire time. She was so in tuned with what I needed and just got up and did it so that my husband and I could stay focused on bringing our perfect little boy into this world. -Ashtyn, Olympia, WA
Emily is as compassionate as she is professional, and as adaptive as she is capable. When looking for a doula, the best we can usually hope for is someone who can do the job. Emily goes above and beyond that and becomes a friend. Her love and encouragement are some of the best chapters in the story of my son's birth. I recommend her with both enthusiasm and deep gratitude. -Christine, Silverdale, WA
Emily  was right there step-by-step guiding me reassuring me and letting me know that I could really do it this time. Once I arrived for my scheduled induction, she made the hospital room resemble the comfort of my home.  After 50 plus hours of labor, My son was born in a room surrounding with love. Emily is very patient understanding kind very enjoyable and easy to get along with and love. If she would have been there for my first pregnancy I probably would have 40 children by now! Her patience her resilience her ways to keep you calm are impeccable. She is an amazing person and as I have told her before she deserves nothing short of the best. -Ananasa
Emily has the most genuine and loving soul. I had an extremely complicated pregnancy, but she stood beside me and never let it scare her away. She was a constant in what felt like the longest uphill battle that would never end...Emily was so attentive and loving and she was able to read the atmosphere of the room and jump into it head first... I couldn't have chosen a better Doula to support me and my family. She truly is one of a kind! -Kristi
When Emily came into the room the whole atmosphere changed. She had a glow, presence, and aura that immediately made everyone feel comforted. This was the first time I had met her and she greeted me with a smile and a warm hug. She spoke softly and calmly to my friend and quickly attended to her needs. I felt a angelic, heavenly spirit from her as she made my friend comfortable and calmed her down. Never the less, I felt secure and good abut leaving for work. I gave her my number. During the night, Emily texted myself and family about her and baby's condition. She was very professional, kind, and great at what she does. I HIGHLY recommend her as a doula. If you want a loving and caring person at your bedside to attend to not just you, but your loved ones please contact her.  -Althea (support/friend of birthing person)
Emily is super sweet and genuine! She helped bring my first baby into this world and was such a great support and asset to birth. She helped prepare my husband and I before, during and after labor. We highly recommend her! -Meghan
From the moment I met Emily I knew I found my doula! At our first meeting she was so nice and seemed so genuine about her love for what she does and the care she puts into her clients. From the prenatal appointments all the way through postpartum she proved it to be true, she was amazing! Always maintaining her professionalism while still feeling like a friend who you could be completely comfortable with. During our prenatal appointments one of the things she did was make sure she had a clear understanding of what I hoped for during birth and also made sure I knew how she would be able to help me achieve my goals. -Tonya
I was late to the game getting a Doula and I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it all work, I was so lucky to have found Emily.  She immediately made me feel at ease...Emily was amazing from the first call she knew I was a little stressed about "being behind" in the process so she scheduled a FaceTime meeting and soon after, I knew it was the right fit, she came to our home to meet my husband.  My husband and I  had a birth plan and when things changed we were so grateful to have Emily just a phone call away to answer questions and talk us through things.  On baby girls' birthday we called Emily and she was at the hospital in no time, she went to work quietly setting up the room and making it feel more like home.  She was encouraging to both myself and my husband who was at times unsure of how to help me.  Emily offered suggestions for different positions, coaxed me through contractions with breath awareness, while at the same time making my husband feel important and included as well.  We had quite a few changes from our original birth plan due to health reasons, but I'm so glad we had Emily to keep us together and ensured that I was still able to have an amazing birth experience.  Emily even took photos on my phone so we had something to look back at and remember that very special day. My husband and I agreed it was the best choice we made during our pregnancy, we highly recommend Emily to anyone looking for an excellent Doula. -Annie, 
While words don’t do her justice, I will say she was an absolute angel, and I honestly don’t know how we could have done it without her. Out of all my A-type birth preparations... The 12 books, the 4 birthing classes, the constant streaming of birthing podcasts, the registry, the YouTube videos, the 10 weeks of intensive HypnoBabies homework… Nothing impacted my birth as positively and profoundly as Emily’s comforting presence. She is selfless, intuitive, tender, proactive, and humble in the way she cared for me and my husband through our abnormally long and intense labor. When my husband and I were holding our new beautiful daughter and reflecting on what had just happened, one of the first things my husband tearfully said to me was, “I really couldn’t have done it without Emily.” I wholeheartedly agree. -Danielle
Our hope was for a VBAC, which we achieved. I owe some of this success to Emily for instilling confidence in me and assuring me that the hospital and birth team I had assembled was on my side. During the birth, she was the calming voice that talked me down during contractions and provided relief via hips squeezes that got me through the toughest stages. She worked really well with the doctors and nurses. She’s a great doula and an excellent addition to any birth team! -Rachel
I hired Emily for my first birth this past June. I wanted a homebirth but had to be in the hospital so I need a doula to support me through this. Emily was amazing! She has so.many resources, is so knowledge about oils, relaxing techniques, lots of natural labor pains remedies, and so much more. More than than any of that though Emily is very sweet, loving, and caring, a very relaxing person to be around. Thank you so much Emily!!!
-Rebecca
Emily is a spiritual, humble, and loving lady that you don’t meet that often...I felt like I had known her a long time. Emily came that night with her things she would use to help me stay calm.  She had the room lit up with flameless candles, peppermint and lavender oils.  She had that room smelling so wonderful!  She had this one mean nurse that changed her attitude by walking into my room filled with calming scents.  Emily made sure I was comfortable, she listened to me vent and cry and she never judged me.  She group texted my family to let them know how I was doing and when to start coming over closer to me delivering.  When it was time to deliver, I had to pick 2 people to be in the room with me.  That was an easy choice. I chose Emily and my boyfriend. After my son was born, he had to stay in the NICU for 4 1/2 weeks.  Emily came to visit him twice. She is an awesome person and if I ever have another baby, I would choose her again!!!  Emily is truly a jewel and a gift to help women give birth!  -LeKeshia
Emily was everything that I needed and more!! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. From the very beginning I felt a connection to her and knew that she was going to be a game changer for my husband and I. We are first time parents and wanted someone there with us to help navigate a lot of uncharted territory. I just can't say enough good things about our choice to have Emily throughout our journey. She was always available and very responsive, it was very easy to schedule our visits with her and she was extremely accommodating. She always had answers to my questions and made me feel so confident as the time got closer... During our transfer to the car, she made the decision to get in the car with us because I was in so much pain and the compression she was doing was so helpful. I really don't think I would've made it there without her!! Needless to say, she was incredible for the rest of my labor and did everything in her power to keep me calm and comfortable. Once our son had joined us, she stayed and made sure we had everything we needed. She even went back to our house to get us a bag that we forgot and brought us back dinner with her! -Lindsey
Before being pregnant I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what a doula was, let alone the importance of having one in the birthing space. But it was beyond worth the research, because we are forever grateful to have found Emily McGregor 
After interviewing a handful, I knew I was waiting or that moment to find a familiarity and sense of “I feel like I’ve known this person”. Emily, had such a calm presence and strong sense of birthing knowledge, as well as an easy going mentality. Her Hypnodoula subtitle was an added bonus that complimented our Hypnobabies decision. We have gained not just a beautiful memory of Remi’s entrance with Emily’s support, but also a lifelong friend. -Lynette

There are not enough words to express my deepest gratitude for Emily. When searching for a doula, I quickly noticed Emily’s humility and confidence in her profile and I was eager to interview her. Once in contact, her responses were prompt, accommodating, and friendly....My birth story was drastically different from what we planned, so I was unable to attend additional meetings with Emily that she offered prior to going into labor....Emily came with tools and techniques to create a more “homey” feel to the hospital room and knew exactly how to reduce the pain through massage and additional methods. She was also incredibly helpful to my husband. When I arrived home from the hospital, Emily quickly scheduled a visit and her words of encouragement and support was exactly what I needed as a first time mom. She even came with BEAUTIFUL gifts that were so thoughtful! One of the gifts included a birth story letter with our daughter’s name in the center! It blew me away! Her ability to anticipate my needs was extraordinary and I could not imagine my birth story without her! I am forever grateful to her! -Courtney

Emily was an invaluable part of my birth team for my second birth. She was able to quickly clear her schedule and tend to my needs. She offered emotional & physical support during my very intense fast birth. She brought with her a rebozo which was tied to the birth bar on the bed I could hold & hang on to. She also brought a hot pack that she used to massage my lower back with. Both made a huge difference in my ability to cope with contractions that were on top of one another. I really appreciated having Emily's support during my birth. -Kira

Before baby came, Emily came over to help prepare myself and my husband for what to expect and to understand my birthing goals. As we got closer and closer to my due date, I was getting nervous. Emily kept up with me and encouraged me and gave me pep talks. Fast forward to the day of, when Emily came to the hospital, I felt a sense of relief. I had been in labor for a few hours and the contractions were getting stronger by the second. Emily really helped me to keep to my plan as much as I could, for as long as I could and empowered my decisions. She was also very helpful and supportive for my husband. She kept everything calm and although my plan didn’t work out the way I had hoped, Emily made sure that I knew how strong I was for going through all of this.-Brianna 

Emily was absolutely fantastic- I knew she would be a great fit for my birthing plan the moment we met!  The planning visit was a big help in addressing some of my fears and concerns about having an out-of-hospital birth.  When it came time to have my son, she was available and checking in frequently until it was “go time” to head to the birthing center.  Emily really helped keep me calm and remember my hypnobirthing strategies and I know my husband appreciated her experience with support techniques.  Such a great experience and I can’t imagine having done it without her! -Katerina

"Emily jumped right in and gave me the confidence that I needed to continue going... Emily provided me with an abundance of strength and joy... Emily will always have a special place in our hearts." -Shi

"Gary and I are so grateful Emily was a part of our son's birth. it was the most incredible experience and we really appreciated Emily being a part of it. Emily's knowledge and experience was so helpful. Emily's kindness and advocacy enabled us to bring our precious baby into this world" -Natasha

"Emily went above and beyond for us during our daughters birth. We appreciated Emily so much. 60+ hours of labor and she was behind us every step of the way." -Andrea