Are you looking to hire a Spokane doula? I had the pleasure of interviewing Spokane doula, Morgan Brooks. Not only did I get to interview her but I have also worked births with her. She is a gentle and touching soul.
Tell us a little bit about your family:
I am married to my wonderful husband, we have been together for 5 years and married for 3.5years! We both grew up in the Spokane area and attending Jr High and High School together. We have one amazing rainbow son, Crosby. He is 18m and such a gift to our family! We are both on staff at our home church, he leads the Children’s ministry and I oversee the worship ministry department.
How long have you been a Spokane doula?
I have been a doula for one year! My first year as a doula I clocked in many many hours at 14 births and had the pleasure of shadowing my mentor for a handful of births.
What was it that brought on your passion for being a Spokane doula?
Before I had my son, my husband and I struggled with repeat pregnancy loss. With each pregnancy my knowledge and desire to have a natural birth and trust my body became very important to me. When I became pregnant with my son, Crosby, I did tons of research, hired a doula, and learned as much as I could about the natural process of birth. I knew and trusted that I could birth my baby and do it well. After a gorgeous birth I never really thought more about it until I started walking through the final stages of pregnancy with a few of my friends. Being their support person and cheerleader nudged my spirit. After attending my first birth in Nov 2015 I knew right then and there that I wanted to support women. And most specifically women who had a hard time trusting their bodies ability due to repeat pregnancy loss or infertility. This lead me down the road of pursuing a doula career. Once I had training under my belt I had several clients who I connected with on a deep level due to miscarriage and infertility. It has become a unique and special bond with the majority of my clients. What an honor it is to be present in a moment of sweet victory over infertility and loss.
I find that even my clients who have not experienced loss we have a deep connection. I think my personal experiences have made me very aware of the fragility of life inside the womb and It makes me a loving, gentle yet firm and passionate doula for each of my clients and that little unique person growing inside them.
Share one of your favorite moments in your doula work.
That is a HARD question. My first VBAC client- wow! What a beautiful and healing birth for her. It was a gorgeous transformation right in front of me! Also, a FTM, she was awaiting her own rainbow. I received a frantic call one morning that she was being induced due to medical reasons. That night as she roared out her baby the only words she sobbed were “thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus for my son!” over and over. It was beautiful and moving to feel such victory and relief and thankfulness of gift placed in her arms.
I cry at every birth because there is nothing more sacred than witnessing life entering this earth. Gods perfect craftsmanship being boldly and fiercely brought earthside by amazing strong and dedicated women! No matter how they birthed their babes, I am always in awe at the strength!
Do you feel there is any misconception in what a doula’s roll is?
The biggest misconception I have run into is that a doula replaces a medical provider. This is not true. I will never give medical advice, I do not perform any medical procedures, and I will not go against your medical providers advice. My job is to educate and empower women and families so that they can ask the right questions and make the best decisions for their birth and their family. Facts and evidence based education is important!
How many clients do you take on per month?
Usually 1-2 clients per month.
Do you have a role model doula or anyone who has helped shaped your career?
Sarah Green is my mentor, my teacher and doula I look up to immensely! She is a rock! I love her, I love her goals, I love the way she works. She was also my personal doula and I will hire her again in a heart beat when we expand our family!
What is one of your favorite laboring positions to help moms in?
Hands and knees. I think this is also a natural position assumed in most labeling mothers. It provides a lot of relief and allows for lots of fluid movement within the hips. I love it when there is an exercise ball available for the laboring mother to drape her upper torso over the ball while on her knees as well. There are so many good positions! I am definitely a doula who encourages instincts! If your body says it needs a specific position follow your instincts.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am super honored that you have interviewed me! It was a pleasure working with you at my clients birth and I adore the images! She was divine and you captured her bravery well! Love it!