My name is Donette, and I am dedicated to mothering and empowering you while guiding you through your pregnancy journey. As a savvy woman over 35, you’ve probably heard that your age puts you in the “high risk” category for giving birth. I was also someone who was considered “high risk” when I had my daughter, and I can show you the path I took to discover a completely new perspective to childbirth that’s clear of fear and doubt.
Imagine squeezing your partner’s hand and listening to the encouraging voice of your doula as you gather all of your strength for one last push. The surges of labor are present, but it fades in comparison to the comfort you feel giving birth in a natural, supportive environment and the self-confidence you’ve gained throughout this pregnancy journey. You have a fleeting moment of worry, as you wonder if you’ll be able to breastfeed after the baby is born, but then you remember that your holistic health coach is also the doula by your side. She has counseled you through fertility, pregnancy, and now is assisting you through labor. She is also devoted to helping you through postpartum. Upon this realization, your fear of the unknown disappears and it is replaced by the joy and excitement of spending time with your brand new family.
As a holistic health coach and doula, I believe women are all-powerful, with the greatest superpower possible -- bringing forth new life. Unfortunately society has medicalized birth, and this beautiful transformation is treated as “high-risk,” especially if you are giving birth after age 35. As a result of this extra precaution, women are scared to become pregnant due to possible miscarriage and birth complications.
How I Can Help
Did you know you can be the expert of your own body? I can help you realize that potential so you don’t have to rely on the medical system to determine your strength. My life experience and knowledge help inform my suggestions for you, but in the end, you are the expert, and I will help you achieve that self-confidence and joy. I will walk together with you and your partner during this journey, providing help when you need it most. I offer coaching from the moment you decide you want to get pregnant all the way through your postpartum period.
Wellness Coach, Yoga Therapist, Birth Doula and Trained Postpartum Doula
- With Child | A Divine Feminine Experience
- Ananda Healing Center
It was a hot Dallas night in May when I first met my soulmate. I was 43, and I thought the day would never come. Doug and I met at a night club and ended up dancing the night away. After we got married, we agreed not to have kids. And then -- a miracle came. I was pregnant. Though I had a doula, who never showed up on the day of my delivery(!), I discovered a special power within me. My labor was relatively short, and my little Audrey was born! I knew that this was the best day of my life.
Six weeks later, the warm invigorating light I felt through this little baby was overcome with darkness. I sunk into postpartum depression, and due to severe carpal tunnel symptoms, I couldn’t lift my daughter without excruciating pain. I knew I had to do something to move through the depression, but what? Everywhere I went, I was prescribed antidepressants. I knew that wasn’t the right fit for me, so I did my own research.
This new knowledge pulled me out of the abyss and led me to my passion to become a holistic health coach and doula. Through yoga, dietary changes, supplements, nutrition classes and therapy, the dark clouds began to part, and the sun began to shine through my life again. Since that time I have continued my love of learning and have become well versed in the wisdom of the human body.
My family now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Audrey is a healthy, curious, and intelligent 13 year old.
Thank you for visiting my “About Me" page. I would love to hear where you are in your own pregnancy journey and how I can help you discover your own inner power.
Let's explore your birth/postpartum plan. Schedule your complimentary call with me here.
Christiane Northrup, MD, OB/GYN and NY Times Best Selling Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age, highly recommends Donette's work as she is "a beacon of light, beauty and healing in the world."