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"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh

720-461-5126
Black Hawk, Colorado

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Ali Sugarman
Certified Birth Doula,
Postpartum Doula,
& Holistic Practitioner

I believe that women supporting other women through labor and the 4th trimester is essential for the emotional, physical, and spiritual processes of childbirth and early parenthood.

What is a Doula?

The word "Doula" refers to the Greek meaning, "woman who serves". Doulas assist individuals and their partners through pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and the postpartum period. There are four types of support:

Physical 

Helping you through labor pain by offering nurturing touch such as massage, and guided imagery to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation

Emotional

Holding space for emotional and spiritual transformation. Empowering you to make decisions for yourself and to give birth in the way that feels appropriate for YOU. 

Informational

Making sure that all information is understood so that informed decisions can be made. Also having resources and referrals to other services in the area.

Advocational

Advocating for you and your partner so that your wishes are known by the entire birth team. 

About me

After completing my BA in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, I found my love for holistic and alternative medicine. I fell in love with these modalities because I believe in and had experienced the mind-body-spirit connection. Soon after, I found that working with women was one of my greatest wishes and passions. After completing my training in reiki, reflexology, and yoga, I started my path as a birth and postpartum doula. As a society, we have lost the intuitive connection with our bodies, and mainstream media is full of distorted birth images and scenes where having a baby is made to be a tremendously horrible medical event. As a doula, I am bringing awareness to the natural and intuitive processes of labor and 4th trimester, as well as bringing mindfulness and present moment awareness to the physical body during this special time.

What I think about pain:

Pain can be excruciating, but ultimately, it is just sensation. Pain in the birthing room (whether in the hospital, your kitchen, living room, or in transit) is there to encourage baby out of the uterus and into the world. Because of my holistic background, I encourage managing pain through awareness, but ultimately support any birth YOU choose. Epidural, induced, cesarean section... all birth is birth, and all birth is beautiful. 

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Services

Birth Doula

All of my clients receive a free consultation, two prenatal visits, presence during labor, and support during the first couple postnatal hours. I provide 24/7 support via email or phone, and also provide informational handouts on subjects of your interest. 

Postpartum Doula

Providing support after the new family has returned home from the hospital (or settled in if having a home-birth) is my main duty as a postpartum doula. Proper nutrition and emotional support is KEY to the fourth trimester.

Holistic Services

I provide Reflexology, Reiki, and Prenatal yoga to help moms relax during pregnancy, and prepare for labor. Reflexology is shown to progress labor and Reiki is known to relax the nervous system which in turn diminishes fear and anxiety. Prenatal yoga is a great way to prepare the body for labor by strengthening muscles used during birth and by using the breath to integrate mind, body, and spirit. To learn more, click here.

 

Testimonials

"Ali was very quick to offer to get anything we needed (coffee, water, ice etc), which let my husband stay with me. Although I only labored at the hospital for 3 hours she was available for me to tell her how my contractions we're coming along and offer support for me when I was debating going into the hospital or laboring at home longer. She also had very helpful suggestions on exercises (mainly yoga positions) I could do to help get my body ready for labor. I also felt she did a great job understanding what I wanted the atmosphere to be like in my birthing room, and did a great job facilitating those key components. I wanted the room to be calm and relaxing. She did a great job helping me stay in that place and providing great verbal support an affirmation. My birthing experience was definitely enhanced and improved by having Ali attend the birth." 

~Danielle

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