Meet the Postpartum Doulas!


Meet the Postpartum Doulas!

Nurtured Foundation is happy to introduce you to our Cleveland family of doula care. Read below to learn more about Lisa, Ashley, Jessica, and Amanda, and their passion for helping your growing family!


Lisa Falkenstein

Lisa Falkenstein is the owner and President of Nurtured Foundation Doula Services. She is also a certified as a postpartum doula, breastfeeding educator, and infant massage instructor.

We asked Lisa to share her philosophy on postpartum doula work.  Here’s what she had to say:

 

What is the most important part of your job as a postpartum doula?

The most important part of my role as a postpartum doula is to make sure my client families feel supported, encouraged, confident, and empowered. It is crucial that I listen to the family’s needs, and make sure those needs are fulfilled. 


What is your philosophy as a postpartum doula regarding parenting and supporting women & their families?

I believe that my personal philosophy on parenting is irrelevant. This is not my baby; therefore not my decisions to make about parenting styles. I provide non-judgmental support to my families. I offer evidence-based education so my parents can make educated decisions that are right for their family. Every family I assist is different and I believe individualized care is important.  I listen to my families and support them based on their needs and wants.  My goal is to make each family feel comfortable and confident in their role as new parents!  

How do you see your role as a postpartum doula?
If I had to sum up my role as a postpartum doula it is, “Mothering the mother/family.”  I come into the home and make sure mom and the family are taken care of.  That includes helping around the home with dishes, laundry, running errands, simple meal prep & sibling care. Helping out around the home allows parents to rest and focus more on their time together as a growing family. This allows for bonding.  I also offer infant education, many tips & tricks, and lots of emotional support! I make myself available during the entire length of the contract via phone, text and email to provide support for parents if they have questions or concerns when I am not at the home. 

What services do you offer in addition to postpartum doula work?
I am also a certified breastfeeding educator, offering in-home breastfeeding classes. In addition, I am certified in infant massage instruction and belly binding.  I offer private and group classes.


Ashley Rainey

Ashley Rainey is trained as a birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulator offering services through Nurtured Foundation.

We asked Ashley to share a little bit about herself, and her philosophy on postpartum doula work.  Here’s what she had to say:

Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what makes you feel so drawn to being a postpartum doula?

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 9 years and we have three fun, adorable kids. I have three much younger siblings so birth, babies, breastfeeding and the postpartum period are all things that I am very familiar and comfortable with. I started out as a birth doula and quickly felt like I was abandoning my clients after birth when they really needed the most support, especially those whom I referred to a different postpartum doula. I think that continuation of care is so important and I quickly fell in love with postpartum work. I love helping families feel more comfortable with their new little baby and more rested and relaxed so that they are able to form a better bond with their newborn. 

What is the most important part of your job as a postpartum doula?

The most important part of my job as a postpartum doula is helping the mother to feel confident, relaxed, supported and bonded with her baby. 

What is your philosophy as a postpartum doula regarding parenting and supporting women & their families?

 My philosophy is that every baby and every family is different. I am hired to support a family in parenting their child in whatever ways they have chosen. 

How do you see your role as a postpartum  doula?
My role as a postpartum doula is to mother the mother. I am there simply to support her and her family however they need me to. Whether that involves helping with the care of her baby, assisting with older siblings, help with housework or meal prep. I tend to do a lot of overnight shifts for my postpartum clients and that involves caring for the baby during the night so that mom and dad can get some much-needed rest. Believe it or not, this is really beneficial and very possible even if you are exclusively breastfeeding! 


Jessica Ciacelli

Jessica Ciacelli is a postpartum doula and licensed massage therapist offering services through Nurtured Foundation Doula Services.

Meet Jessica!

Jessica Ciacelli is a postpartum doula as well as a licensed massage therapist offering her services through Nurtured Foundation. She shares her passion as a postpartum doula with her clients and their families.  

We asked Jessica a few questions about postpartum doula work and her philosophy.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what makes you feel so drawn to being a postpartum doula? 

I have had a love and passion for pregnancy and postpartum care for as long as I can remember. Whether it was emotionally supporting friends or family after their birth or watching over their new babes, I have been working as a postpartum doula without even knowing it! It is work that I truly believe in and am extremely passionate about. I believe that childbirth is one of the most empowering and sacred experiences we as women have been given the honor of doing. It is very rewarding to be welcomed into a home during such an intimate time to be able to serve and support families. 

What is you philosophy as a postpartum doula regarding parenting and supporting women and their families?

I believe that there are so many different styles of parenting that add color to this very diverse culture we live in and I think that’s beautiful. All in all, a happy, healthy baby means you’re doing something right!  

How do you see your role as a postpartum doula?

I see my role as a postpartum doula as a chance to give emotional support of those tough days, helping out with housework, light meal preparation, and entertaining other children or pets so mom can have some quality time with the new baby.  

What is the most important part of your job as a postpartum doula?

My most important job as a postpartum doula is to provide judgement-free support. Every mother/baby relationship is different and it is my job to offer the support that is going to make that relationship thrive. 

What services do you offer in addition to postpartum doula work?

In addition to postpartum doula work, I am also a licensed massage therapist. Self-care for mom is very important before and after baby so I offer prenatal and postpartum massage services from the comfort of your own home! I am certified in prenatal massage as well as aroma therapy and specialize in deep tissue therapeutic massage.  

 


Amanda Cruz

Amanda Cruz is a trained postpartum doula offering postpartum services through Nurtured Foundation Doula Services.

Meet Amanda!

Amanda Cruz is a trained postpartum doula and mother of 4 beautiful children.  She shares her passion as a postpartum doula and mother with her client’s and their families.  She enjoys educating and supporting women throughout the “Fourth Trimester”. 

We asked Amanda a few questions about postpartum doula work and her philosophy.

What is the most important part of your job as a postpartum doula? 

My job as a postpartum doula is to make sure mom has all the support she truly needs so she can take care of her precious new baby and herself. 

What is you philosophy as a postpartum doula regarding parenting and supporting women and their families?

I believe in helping a mother with any needs she may have, whether it be cleaning dishes, laundry, making a meal, helping care for baby or siblings, and so much more. I want to help ease the mother into her new role.  

How do you see your role as a postpartum doula?

My role as a postpartum doula is to nurture the mother  and make her recovery just a little easier so she is not so overwhelmed with bringing her new baby home, and can enjoy all the precious beginnings she will experience with her new bundle of joy! 

Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what makes you feel so drawn to being a postpartum doula?

I am a well seasoned mom of four wonderful children. I have been married to my husband for 10 amazing years. When I am outside of work, spending time with my family is the most important thing to me. I love cooking and watching my kids play all of their sports. Raising my own children has drawn me towards being a postpartum doula. Experiencing all the good and the trying times makes me want to help other new moms feel more comfortable beginning their major new chapter. It truly takes a village! 

Amanda is available for day and night doula services.

 


 

 

We feel fortunate to have such compassionate and supportive postpartum doulas on our team!  If you would like more information, or would like to check their availability, please email lisa@nurturedfoundation.com or call 216.409.5403.