“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
Ancient Roots Midwifery & Doula Care, LLC
Serving Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, Floyd and the New River Valley
Welcome to Ancient Roots Midwifery & Doula Care. My name is Tara Daystar. If you are reading this page, I imagine you or someone close to you is pregnant. Learning about Doula Care is a terrific way to prepare for a birth, and to ensure your family has all the support it needs for a positive, healthy experience. If you have questions about my professional services, or would like to meet me, I provide free consultations by phone and in person. Every mother and every Doula is different, and finding a good match can be so important.
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. My experiences as a mother and birthworker ground my desire to recognize and honor a mother’s individuality in her birthing needs. I have extensive experience supporting mothers in the homebirth, hospital and birth center settings. The bulk of my Midwifery and Doula training occurred at Maternidad La Luz, a small yet busy birth clinic in the Mexican American border city of El Paso, Texas.
I am interested in supporting women who do and do not have 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 the services of the 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. I am at the very beginning of the creation of a grant, donor and volunteer supported non-profit Doula Service, providing labor and postpartum support to women, babies and their families in need in our region.
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