Alana always knew she wanted to work one-on-one with people in a meaningful profession that would help support and empower them. After taking college courses in fetal and infant motor development and women's health and reproductive rights, her interests in birth began to develop. She was introduced to doula work after being a nanny for 11 years and working for a number of women who had had traumatic birth experiences. Hearing their stories motivated and inspired her to want to learn everything about birth.
Alana finds herself captivated by birth and the amazing things of which our bodies are capable of. Having a science and physical therapy background, she loves the anatomy and physiology side, but feels drawn to the mental and emotional side as well. Alana has a desire to help and be of service and feels that nurturing comes naturally to her. Birth work is a perfect combination of everything that fascinates her and she feels inherently meant to do so.
In her free time you can find Alana on a hike or exploring new destinations in nature, inventing new recipes in the kitchen, getting sunburned at the beach and floating in the waves, re-watching her favorite rom coms, traveling to new places, cuddling with her cat, or skateboarding at a local skate park.
"When my husband and I first met Alana, we were struck by her compassionate approach to her work and her thoughtful responses to all our questions. We immediately knew that she had the sort of vibe and presence that we wanted during the delivery of our son. During each prenatal session, Alana patiently explained each topic and made sure we understood all the important concepts (I didn't do a ton of research on my own, so I definitely needed some repetition to remember things!) She listened closely to what we wanted for the birth and made sure we felt good about the choices we were making. There was never any judgment or pushing for a certain way to do things. Alana's laid back personality and sense of humor made the prenatal sessions fun and not at all stressful. I wanted a natural childbirth with no epidural, and Alana's guidance made that possible in multiple ways. I labored at home for as long as I could with my husband's support and Alana checking in by phone. She met us at the hospital in the middle of the night and was attentive throughout my labor--cooling off my face with a mini fan, asking for a birthing ball, helping me get into different labor positions, getting me water and encouraging me to actually drink it, despite my nausea. I was in a daze so I'm sure I don't remember every helpful thing she did! I do remember laughing with my husband and Alana when I felt rather loopy from nitrous oxide. Alana also took pictures and videos when Liam finally made his arrival, and stayed a few hours afterward to keep helping out. We are so grateful for Alana's support before, during, and after the birth of our son. She made us feel confident that no matter what happened, we could make informed decisions and deal with whatever came up. If you are looking for a doula, we cannot recommend Alana more highly!"
"Working with Alana was absolutely one of the best things that happened for our family of two-soon-to-be-three in the last year. Not knowing a lot about doulas, but knowing we'd want guidance and reassurance and support, we chose Alana based on the feeling of "who would you want next to you when things get really hard?" And it turned out we were right. Our pregnancy, like all, had its unique challenges and trying moments and through it all Alana was a calming source of focus and strength. From helping us to navigate the hospital system to providing hands-on soothing during the deepest parts of labor, she was devoted to our journey. But to rewind a bit... long before that 50+ hour stretch (during which I had to insist that Alana sleep a bit), she was a highly organized, informative and empowering person to plan our birth with. Our prenatal sessions covered all the various factors you'd want to discuss and outline ahead of a hospital birth, which our health care provider didn't always present all sides of. We are so grateful to her for helping us feel included in the hospital birth process. Having gone through a hospital birth I feel that without some proactive planning and someone to help you advocate, one's preferences and priorities can easily be left out of the picture. And of course in the postnatal world Alana was just as wonderful. She worked with us on practical topics like latching and sleep, but also placed a lot of emphasis on mom's experience and needs, and dad's too. Overall Alana brings a very well rounded perspective to doula work. She was a profoundly grounding and supportive presence who felt like an old friend right away."
"What drew me to choosing Alana as my doula for my first pregnancy was her kind and calm demeanor, as well as her passion for her craft. My goal was to have an unmedicated birth, and this was during the pandemic, so there was a lot to worry about! Fortunately, Alana's patience and reassurance during all our prenatal visits helped calm my anxiety. I think her balance of supporting my birth plan as well as making sure I was informed of the options that might be offered to me at the hospital was extremely helpful because it made all the unknowns known and that was empowering. In addition to providing emotional support, she educated me about the stages of labor, and what happens during delivery - these are important things to know! She is very knowledgeable about techniques to help navigate the discomfort of pregnancy through each trimester. She gave me tips on exercises and stretches to help prepare my body for the big day. Although I could’ve found all this information by researching and reading on my own, it was extremely reassuring to have Alana talk me through it all. She did such a great job coaching me and my husband during those prenatal visits, that when it came to the big day, I basically labored and delivered on my own! I really think all of her guidance gave me the confidence I needed. Thank you, Alana!"