Did you know that a labor support package from Full Spectrum Doula Care includes a 60 minute massage? We are serious about helping the birthing people we work with feel relaxed and as comfortable in their bodies as possible! When we were putting together our packages, we immediately knew we wanted to work with Bonnie. She understands how important it is to give new parents the time and tools to do real self-care, and not just focus on caring for the baby. She's an awesome person, mother, friend, body worker and doula who understands what the antenatal body needs to heal and thrive so we're delighted to have her as part of the Full Spectrum family.
We asked Bonnie to tell us a little bit about herself and her practice; "I have been a LMT for 18 years and I still absolutely love it! Three years ago I completed the Doula training internship with Rachel and Jenna at Mother Tree. That is when I became passionate about helping parents navigate the changes in their body during pregnancy, and after. Giving your body over to growing a human is a wild ride; I like to help guide clients back to themselves. It is easy put all the focus on baby and much harder to make your own body (and spirit!) a priority. I think that self care is a life long struggle for parents. This is where I come in. I am passionate about helping clients reconnect to their bodies, take time for themselves and recharge so that they can show up more fully for their loved ones.
"I am just now beginning to explore teaching parents infant massage. Touch is such a great way to connect with our loved ones. I think this is a particularly exciting opportunity for the parent that did not carry. I often hear how the parent that was not pregnant feels like they missed out on something, specifically nine months of deep connection. I think that massage can help build a bridge on the connection gap.
"After my Doula training it became really clear to me that the work is incredibly expansive. I am excited to work with Full Spectrum Doula Care because I know you come from the same roots. Families, pregnancy and births can take one so many forms. I love working with surrogate families, and all variations of LGBTQIA families. I realize that the needs of support expand beyond just the one carrying a child. It often took a village to get pregnant and will certainly take a village to raise it. Self care is vital for all involved. This is where my work as a Doula was really influenced my massage career. I love it when I can work with the whole family, whatever that looks like."
Bonnie offers 60 and 90 minute massage, both prenatal and postpartum, cranial sacral therapy, and will be offering infant massage and classes soon. She also offers a discount to teachers. Check out her website, or contact her at 503-313-9425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Jenna Chidester
I'm a full spectrum doula and childbirth educator, and staff doula at Providence Portland Medical Center practicing since 2015.
I'm a full spectrum doula and childbirth educator practicing in Portland, Oregon.