Empowered Birth

Supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum

Virtual Childbirth Education

I am here to support you in feeling confident during your birth journey. 

  • Are you feeling anxious about giving birth?

 

  • Are you feeling in the dark about how to make the best choices for you and your baby? 

 

  • Have you been up late at night asking Google for help with your pregnancy questions?

 

If the answer to any or all of these questions is a yes, then this course if for YOU.

You can have a positive birth experience, no matter how your birth unfolds. In this course, you will unlock all of the tools and support needed to have a positive birth. Not only will you leave prepared for having an empowered birth, but you will also gain a deeper understanding of your pregnancy, postpartum, and life with a newborn.

This is the journey of connecting to YOUR own innate wisdom around YOUR body, YOUR babies, and YOUR birth.

This course is 100% virtual so that you can prepare for your birth from the comfort of your own home.  It’s that easy!

What you will receive from this course:

  • 3 comprehensive video modules

  • 2 live virtual classes with a midwife​​

  • Empowered birth videos

  • Handouts and cheat sheets for you and your birth support team

  • Ongoing support forums moderated by a midwife

  • Risk-free: Money-back guarantee

$75

Enroll Now by emailing: awakenmidwifery@gmail.com  

Here's what women are saying about Empowered Bith

"After taking the classes, we feel confident that we will have a calm and relaxed birth that honors our child. She was funny, approachable, kind, and inspiring.  She took plenty of time with our questions and was respectful of each concern.  I left each class energized and excited about the birth of our child and with confidence in my partner and myself.  Gabrielle is passionate about the work she does and I could not have asked for a better instructor.” - Lauren D.

“We had an awesome experience with Gabrielle.  I knew I wanted to try to have a natural birth but I wasn't sure where to start looking for support and guidance. Gabrielle was attentive, insightful, informative, and enthusiastic.  She knew what she was talking about and she didn't push any agendas.  I am so grateful to her and I recommend her with all my heart!” - Lexi F.

Virtual Midwifery Support

Receive ongoing virtual support throughout your entire pregnancy and postpartum. 

  •  Do you wish you had more time with your hospital care provider to ask questions?

  • Are you looking for more emotional support during your pregnancy and postpartum?

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  • Are you seeking more information about the birth process, medical procedures, and comfort measures?

Virtual midwifery care provides YOU with individualized and compassionate care within the comfort of your home.

 

Each 45-minute virtual session will be tailored specifically to YOU and your needs.

What To Expect From Your Virtual Prenatal Sessions

  • Wellness assessments and nutritional counseling

  • Ongoing education and guidance at every stage of your pregnancy and postpartum

  • Receive up-to-date information about your childbirth options, so that you can make informed decisions about your body and your baby

What To Expect From Your Virtual Postpartum​​ Sessions

  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Recommendations around perineal & uterine healing

  • Family planning and birth control counseling

  • Emotional support

Covid-19 Discount: Sliding Scale $30-50/session

Enroll Now by emailing: awakenmidwifery@gmail.com  

 

 

“I do not care what kind of birth you have...a home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected.” - January Harshe

 

Hybrid Care For Hospital Birth

Hybrid care creates a bridge between the midwifery model of care and the support offered by the medical world. Homebirth may not be an option for everyone. This model of integrative care provides women with the ongoing support and guidance of a midwife while receiving concurrent care from an obstetrician. This is a great choice for women who are interested in individualized midwifery care but prefer birthing in the hospital. This is also a great choice for women who are risked out of homebirth.


What To Expect During Prenatal Care

  • Wellness assessments of you and your baby at each visit

  • Nutritional and herbal counseling

  • Ongoing education and counseling at every stage of your pregnancy and postpartum

  • Explanation of: the birth process, medical procedures, and the hands-on comfort measures I provide

  • Provide up-to-date information about your childbirth options, so that you can make informed decisions about your body and your baby.

  • Clinical labs for any prenatal testing you elect to have

  • Community Referrals (Acupuncture, Bodywork, Counseling)


What To Expect During Labor & Birth

  • Laboring within the comfort and safety of your home with a licensed midwife by your side

  • Clinical assessments of mom and baby - this includes checking fetal heart tones, assessing blood pressure, temperature and pulse, as well as evaluating cervical dilation (if desired)

  • We decide together when it is time to make our way to the hospital for the birth.

  • We support as a labor companion under the care of your obstetrician or hospital-based midwife


What To Expect From Your Postpartum Care

One of the biggest challenges of our current medical model is the lack of care provided to women and their babies postpartum. New mothers are discharged from the hospital after 48 hours and are not scheduled to see their care providers for six weeks.   This lack of care can contribute to breastfeeding challenges, poor recovery, and postpartum depression. Hybrid care fills the medical gap so that no mother, regardless of where she births, slips through the cracks. Postpartum visits take place on day 1, day 3, day 7, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and a final visit at 6 weeks.


Baby:

  • Weight checks

  • Visual jaundice screening

  • Normal elimination patterns

  • Vitals (temperature, normal heart rate and respiratory health)


Mother:

  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Perineal & uterine healing

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Family planning and birth control counseling

  • Postnatal exercises

  • Emotional support

  • Lab work as needed

  • Pap smear if necessary

Birth Doula Services

As your Doula I will:

  • Provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after the birth of your child. 

  • Encourage a birth experience in which you are calm, focused, and capable of making wise choices for you and your baby. 

  • Provide hands-on comfort measures, such as massage, counter-pressure, acupressure,  rebozo, and aromatherapy.

  • Make suggestions for various positions conducive to different phases of labor.

  • Facilitate deeper relaxation by introducing movement, sound, and breath.

  • Provide up-to-date information about your childbirth options, so that you can make informed decisions about your body and your baby. 

Services include:

  • Two prenatal visits to discuss your ideal birth and how we will work together to achieve it.

  • Exploring and discussing your priorities and any fears or concerns you may have

  • Explanation of: the birth process, medical procedures, and the hands-on comfort measures I provide

  • Creating and/or review of your birth preferences; I will support the decisions of the expectant family

  • Referrals to community resources for pregnancy or other family services  

Postpartum Doula Services

A postpartum doula is there to offer physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and her partner throughout the early postpartum period. Postpartum refers to the first three months after a baby is born. This time is also referred to as the "fourth trimester". The fourth trimester is the idea that the first 3 months of life are an extension of life in the womb. 

It takes time for a baby to adjust to life in the outside world and meeting a newborn’s demands during this initial period can be a rigorous process for new parents. A postpartum doula helps parents build the confidence and skill set needed to meet the challenges of new parenthood.

Postpartum Support Includes:

  • Support for emotional and physical recovery after birth

  • Education on infant care

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Pumping, milk storage & bottle education

  • Newborn soothing techniques

  • Foster family bonding

  • Household support (meal prep, tidying, laundry)

Childbirth Education

Learn how you can have an Empowered Birth:

  • Release fears and tap into your birthing instincts

  • Cope with the sensations of labor

  • Feel confident in your body and in your role as a support person

  • Feel prepared for what happens once your little one arrives.



Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques.

  • Positions and massage techniques for coping with labor.

  • Stages of labor and what to expect. 

  • Variations of normal and potential complications.

  • What happens in the event of a transport.

  • Postpartum recovery and what to expect in those first hours, days and weeks of life with your new baby.  

  • We explore breastfeeding basics and newborn care.


Upcoming Schedule:

One Day Intensive

Sunday, November 18th: 10 am to 4 pm

$180 per couple (If you do not have a partner feel free to bring a family member or friend)

Two Day Intensive

Sundays 12/2 & 12/16: 10 am to 1 pm

$180 per couple (If you do not have a partner feel free to bring a family member or friend)

Located at the Family Massage Education Center: 77 Manzanita St, Ashland OR

Placenta Encapsulation

Your placenta is the perfect medicine for your healing and rejuvenation after birth. 

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:


  • Enhance your mood.

  • Increase and enrich breastmilk.

  • Increase in energy.

  • Combats fatigue

  • Decrease iron deficiency

  • Recover more quickly from childbirth

Cost of Placenta Encapsulation: $175

Testimonials

 

“My partner and I are forever grateful to Gabrielle.  Gabrielle helped me stay calm and tap into strength that I wasn't sure I had during the most intense parts of labor.  And during it all, she was coaching and providing support to my partner.  We cannot recommend Gabrielle enough!!.”

Eleanore H. 

“Gabrielle is an angel. She was our doula for the birth of our first son last December. She was warm, nurturing, compassionate, empathetic, and very knowledgeable. ”

Nicole A. 

"We had an awesome experience with Gabrielle. She was very calm and grounded with me, she coached me and was able to communicate with me. She was also amazing with my husband."

Lexi F. 

Contact

Email:

Phone:

541-841-2860

 

©2017 BY AWAKEN MIDWIFERY. PHOTOS BY BRITT URBAN, HILARY & RONNY KNIGHT, ROBIN CLARK (WWW.ROBIN-CLARK.COM), AND REBECCA COURSEY (WWW.AWONDEREDLIFE.COM)