Mountains and river

Kasey Armstrong

Contact Info

Birth Doula
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Leverett
Massachusetts
01054
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774-571-5583
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Hampshire, Franklin, Hamden, Worcester, and occasionally Berkshire counties
Kasey Armstrong

Professional Qualifications

Sliding scale $500-$950 (occasional pro-bono services, please inquire!)
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Anxiety and Phobias, LGBTQ+ Families, Meal Preparation, Photography, Single Parents, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs

Choosing the right doula for you is important and personal. Our initial meeting will be a free consultation either at your home, or we can meet for tea or coffee. It is a chance for us to get to know each other, talk about expectations and concerns, and see if we’re a good fit.

If we decide to move forward, I will meet with you and your partner at least once (preferably twice) before labor to explore to discuss your priorities and preferences regarding your birth, as well as any questions, fears or concerns you may have, help you create a birth plan, discuss important questions for you to ask your care provider, nd talk about strategies and techniques for coping with pain and which will work best for you. Most importantly, we will discuss how we will be able to work together best.

I will be in touch by email and/or phone, as well as any other meetings we may decide upon, from the time of our first prenatal meeting leading up to labor. I consider myself “on-call” for labor support from two weeks prior to two weeks after your due date.

I will remain with you throughout your labor and birth, and provide support to you and your partner based on our previous discussions of what you want and need. I can also take photographs for you throughout your labor and birth, if you desire, and I will be taking note of important events to discuss with you at our postpartum visit.

I will meet with you in the weeks following your birth to see how you and your family are doing, review your birth experience, provide information about baby care and breastfeeding, and get feedback from you about my role.

I trained to be a birth doula in Asheville, NC in the summer of 2013. I am excited to be offering my services this fall in Western MA.  I believe deeply that everyone is entitled to an empowered, supported birth experience, and that’s why I am a doula. Throughout your birth experience, I will be a source of nonjudgmental support and advocacy for you.

I particularly like this description of "The Promise of a Doula"

  1. You cannot hurt my feelings in labor
  2. I won’t lie to you in labor
  3. I will do everything in my power so you do not suffer
  4. I will help you to feel safe
  5. I cannot speak for you, but I will make sure that you have a voice and I will make sure you are heard

These statements articulate the essential role of a doula, and also convey the reasons why I choose to work as a doula: a firm belief in the importance of birth as a life-changing and transformative experience, and the passion for ensuring that people are experiencing birth in positive, safe, and supported ways.

I do this work as a cis-gendered queer white woman with settler heritage. I strive to do work that feels accessible, inclusive, and supportive to people of all identities. I work to examine my identities and positionality and to uncover my blindspots through ongoing reflection, education, and practice, so that I can show up to this work in the best way possible.

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Kasey Armstrong