Serving Blacksburg, Roanoke, Floyd and the New River Valley
Welcome! Are you wanting to avoid a cesarean birth, desire a shorter labor, a birth with fewer interventions, an experienced advocate and coach or simply a friend to walk with you and your family in the childbearing year? According to the Cochrane Review, the benefits of having a doula are real and many.
My name is Tara Daystar and I am a Certified Midwife, Professional Doula and Hypnobirthing Educator. As a Doula, I help facilitate a sense of mindfulness, ease, safety, joy and loving support for a mother and her family throughout the birthing process. I specialize in low intervention birth, laboring at home, medication free birth, vaginal birth with epidural, VBAC/TOLAC and undisturbed birth.
The bulk of my Midwifery and Doula training occurred at Maternidad La Luz, a small yet busy licensed birthing center and midwifery school in El Paso, Texas. Professional experience here. I currently enjoy working with families birthing at New River Valley Carilion, Carilion Memorial, and the Lewis Gale hospitals in Blacksburg and Salem, Virginia (as well as at home!).
I am interested in supporting women who do and do not want drug-free births, who do and do not have complications, who are excited about giving birth or who feel scared or ambivalent (this is quite common, although too rarely acknowledged). I believe single mothers and couples benefit greatly from the continuity of care, perspective and knowledge of a compassionate and experienced doula in the hospital setting.
I believe the services of and experienced Doula are so valuable, that I would like every woman to have one, regardless of her financial situation. I currently offer reduced rates to families with financial need. My goal to serve in a way that truly honors, and builds on, each mother’s uniqueness and inherent wisdom in her childbearing process.
If you have questions about personalized, family-centered Doula Services, Hypnobirthing or would like to meet me in person, contact me for a free consultation. Every Mother and every Doula is different; finding a good match~someone you feel safe to be yourself with ~is important. I look forward to meeting you!
If you are interested in home birth, let me direct you to lead midwife Degra Nofsinger at Luna Midwifery.
“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.”
– Suzanne Arms
What is a Doula?
Kind thanks to “Richmond Doulas: supporting and honoring families through birth” www.richmonddoulas.org for the following wonderful explanatory information about what a Doula “is”. Enjoy!
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula:
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
• Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
• Stays with the woman throughout the labor
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
• Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
• Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.
A Postpartum Doula:
• Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
• Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
• Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’” – Tao Te Ching