Some kind words
What is a doula?
Our favorite way to describe a doula is like a tour guide. We help give you the lay of the land, you choose the areas that interest and are meaningful to you, and we help show you the way! We understand that what you want and need may change throughout your pregnancy (and even during the birthing process itself!), so we work with you to go for whatever you need, whenever you need it. Your birth, your body, your choices – we will help you know your options and support you 100% in whatever your best experience might look like.
About The Founder
CD(DONA), CLEC, LCCE
Ariel Ewefada is a DONA International certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor, Lamaze certified childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator who has been doing birth work for nearly 4 years. She’s the queen mom (at least that’s what she tells her kids) of a vibrant Mexican-Nigerian-Minnesotan melting pot home in Minneapolis with her husband and 3 hilariously shady children. They love entrepreneurship, traveling as a family, baking, faith, and having friends over for bonfires and laughing as a way to keep things light hearted and to diffuse meltdowns (let all the parents understand). Most days you can find her running around with her littles exploring all the fabulous family-friendly spots in the cities, working out at the YMCA and always with (or wanting) a cup of coffee. As an Enneagram 3 wing 2, she has the nurturing heart that is easily adaptable to any birth scenario. Ariel is passionate about educating families about their options as well being a steady mixed presence of peace and appropriate energy throughout the birth and postpartum process. Ariel works to see a shift in the birth culture as the US currently ranks 55th globally for maternal mortality rates with 2/3rds of those being preventable. Of those deaths, black and latina maternal mortality rates are 4x times higher than their white counterparts. While newborn babies are incredible, birth work for Ariel has always primarily been about supporting birthing people through a transformative and sacred season of time. If anything resonates with you and Ariel can be a resource, please reach out here.
Tell me more…
Does a doula do check-ups or other medical exams for me or the baby?
No, doulas do not do exams or perform medical tasks. A midwife or obstetrician supports that part of your journey. Our specialty is emotional, educational, and physical support.
What part does my partner play in this?
A doula does not take the place of your supportive partner. We recognize there is a beauty to the deep bond that can happen during labor and delivery between the birthing person and their partner. We find that your partner and a doula work well together because they know you and we know the emotional side of birth.
What if I don’t have a partner?
That’s totally okay! You’re welcome to invite a close friend or family member to play that primary role of emotional support in addition to the support we offer.
Do you support planned and/or spontaneous epidural or cesarean births?
Of course! An epidural is another resource in the labor toolbox that can assist you in your journey to meeting your baby. We trust you and your intuition to know what you need in that decision-making moment. We’ll be there to answer any questions, discuss BRAIN (benefits, risks, alternatives, intuition, next/nothing/not now) and your options. We discuss cesarean scenarios and options during our prenatal visits including planned and unplanned cesareans. We offer additional educational resources for you to know options regarding a family centered cesarean and a positive recovery time.
How much of a say do I have during this process?
We do not make decisions or speak for you! It’s our goal to see that you are fully equipped with knowledge and resources, and you are ENCOURAGED to use your voice on your special day. Sometimes situations change and sometimes your preferences shift – it is your wishes that your birth team should hear.
Are you familiar with hypnosis during birth?
Yes! We are trained in Marie Mongan’s HypnoBirthing method but we are happy to go over other methods during our prenatal meetings.