Today all the above rings true as Doulas provide emotional support, physical comfort, and facilitate communication with care providers, to make sure birthing women have the information necessary to make educated decisions during childbirth.
Serena provides reassurance and a holistic perspective to the birthing woman and her partner, making suggestions for birthing progress, and assisting with comfort techniques including relaxation, massage, positioning, and touch. As a Doula, she is independent and works for the birthing woman, not the medical caregiver or hospital.
Birth Song Doula Services was founded in the Spring of 2010 by Serena Oliveira after having experienced a home birth with a Doula in 2008. She was compelled to be able to offer the same kind of loving care to other women within the community especially after noticing and experiencing the vast differences in healthcare options regarding birthing.
Serena has been studying childbirth for the last 5 years. In 2007 and 2008 she received her training as a Traditional Birth Attendant through two "Womb Wise Workshop" intensives. In the Fall of 2009 she received her "Wise Woman Way of Birth" Doula Certification with Gloria Lemay.
She is an advocate for people to have the best possible birthing experience whether at home or in the hospital. Supporting women of all ages and backgrounds, Serena provides affordable and accessible quality of care at different stages either before, during and/or after childbirth.
Serena enjoys wild-crafting her own herbal medicines (with the help of her toddler), and studying traditional medicine and nutrition for holistic health and wellness.