Mikaela Lynn

Perinatal Care Specialist

Covid 19 Vaccinated

CD/PCD(DONA)

(she/they)

What I do...

I am a Perinatal Care Specialist — my job is to hold space for people as they navigate reproductive health and perinatal care by providing emotional support, physical comfort, practical assistance, and non-medical care. What that may look like depends on each client's individual needs and situation. I am passionate about education and love to not only learn new things myself, but also pass on my accumulated knowledge to others. I strongly believe that knowledge is power, and support my clients in navigating the healthcare field knowing their options and alternatives so they are better able to advocate for themselves, their bodies, their families, and their choices.

How I can hold space for you...

My skills and experience are diverse. Here are some of the ways I can help you navigate life's transitions.

Birth Support

I provide physical comfort and emotional support, as well as information and resources throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate postpartum. I use trauma informed care principles to facilitate clients' learning to reduce stress around pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and build resilience as they move through this transition into the next phase of life.

  • I will meet with you prenatally to develop a relationship with you and your support system(whoever will be at the birth), understand how you envision your birth, and help you plan for your postpartum period.
  • I will be on call for you when you reach the end of your pregnancy. While I am available from the time we sign a contract until the completion of the contract for questions and support, this period means I have my phone on and with me at all times and I am prepared to join you at any time.
  • I will be with you during your birth from the time you invite me to join you during active labor until baby is born.
  • I will stay with you after baby is born until you have had time to settle in and are comfortable with initial breastfeeding and postpartum care plans.
  • I will visit you within the first two weeks of your birth to see how you are adjusting and help you to continue planning for the rest of your postpartum journey.

Postpartum Support

I provide support as you recover from birth through the fourth trimester. Using trauma informed care principles I facilitate clients' learning to reduce stress around pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and build resilience as they move through this transition into the next phase of life.

  • During our prenatal visit we will plan for your postpartum journey and recovery
  • I will be on call for you starting at 38 wks
  • I will join you at home within a few days of birth (or whenever you choose) to begin our contract
  • I will be with you as you recover and learn to care for baby including but not limited to assistance with: feeding (nursing or bottle); sleep routine;  diapering; bathing; teaching newborn care; care of colicky baby; babywearing; restocking nursery items; other tasks as time allows (laundering and putting away infant clothing and linens, washing and sterilizing bottle and pump parts, emptying diaper containers, etc)
  • I am able to support you during the evening or overnight with a 4 hour minimum in the evening and an 8 hour minimum overnight

Stress Management

"The Resilience Toolkit is a system for reducing stress and growing resilience in individuals, organizations, and communities so they can envision, create, and implement positive change.

  • The Toolkit teaches you how to recognize your own stress and relaxation cycles.
  • You’ll understand when your stress is helping or harming you.
  • You’ll learn how to choose from a menu of quick, effective stress-reduction tools.
  • And you’ll build your new skills into deep, lasting habits that affect powerful transformation over time."

Prenatal Education

I help you prepare for birth and the postpartum transition. We can discuss all aspects of birth including (but not limited to)—

  • Anatomy and physiology of birth
  • What birth may look and feel like
  • The importance of shared decision making
  • How to find evidence based information
  • Comfort measures for laboring
  • Options and alternatives while at home, hospital, birth center, etc
  • How to advocate for your choices

I use a trauma informed collaborative style to help you recognize and embrace the knowledge and skills you already possess, and gain confidence in where to find the support and resources you need, and build resilience as you move into your parenting  journey.

Full Spectrum Support

I provide support and resources for all people and families navigating any aspect of reproductive health or perinatal care. I am available to support you during (but not limited to) —

  • Abortion
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Fatal diagnosis
  • Perinatal mortality
  • Fertility
  • Reproductive health appointments

Reproductive Health Support

Navigating the healthcare system can be daunting, especially as a minority or socially disenfranchised person. I am available to support while you do so, and help you to —

  • Research options for care
  • Locate doctors or care providers
  • Attend appointments
  • Reflect on experience of care and brainstorm solutions and/or alternatives
  • Plan, practice, and implement strategies and coping mechanisms
  • Advocate for your choices
  • Advocate for your care

Master Reiki Practitioner

  • “The Usui treatment method for improvement of body and mind” 
  • Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing 
  •  Practitioner offers energy, receiver takes what is needed
  • Designed for every day use
  • Subtle yet profound  
  • Qualities:
    • Cannot harm
    • Intelligent/works with the body’s intelligence
    • Respects free will/is drawn out by the recipient

Yoga Instructor

  • All bodies are yoga bodies
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Vinyasa
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Trauma Informed Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Beginner Yoga
  • Yoga Therapy coming soon!

Meditation Instructor

All offerings begin with initial consultation to discuss needs, goals, and discuss barriers and supports to your practice; facilitation; and a home practice guideline.

  • Shamatha Vipashyana
  • Breathwork
  • Chakra
  • Mantra Chanting
  • Visualization
  • Mindfulness
  • Bodyscan
  • Intention & Affirmation
  • Recapitulation

Ready to find out more?

Contact me today for a free consultation!