Mikaela Lynn

(she/her)

Perinatal Care Specialist

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 Doula

I provide physical comfort and emotional support, as well as information and resources throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

  • I will be with you in prenatal visits to develop a relationship with you and your support people, 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 arrive 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 Doula

I provide support for the entire family following birth through the fourth trimester (the twelve week recovery period following birth).

  • I will be with you in (a) prenatal visit(s) to build a relationship with you and your support system and help plan for your postpartum journey
  • I will be in more frequent contact with you towards the end of your pregnancy as you prepare for birth
  • I will join you at home within a few days of birth to help ease the transition as you navigate a new state of being in your body, your family, and your life
  • I will be with you as you recover and learn to care for baby — the postpartum period is a time for rest, nourishment, and healing and I will support you as you transition into a new family state
  • I will support you by assisting with any number of tasks at home that we discuss (hold baby while you shower, prepare snacks or light meals while you hold baby, etc.) or by running errands while you stay home with baby
  • I will support you during the day or overnight

Childbirth Education

I provide one on one or small group classes to 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
  • Comfort measures for laboring
  • Options and alternatives while at home, hospital, birth center, etc
  • How to advocate for your choices

Full Spectrum Doula

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

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
  • Advocate for your choices
  • Advocate for your care

Ready to find out more?

Contact me today for a free consultation!