What is a Doula?
The Greek word doula means woman caregiver. Today we use the word to describe a trained and experience labor companion who provides the woman and he partner with continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and after childbirth.
A birth doula understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor, assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth. A doula facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical provider. She perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
Kim Williams is a DONA certified birth doula and lives in Mounds View, MN with her husband David and together they have raised 5 children, Brandon 32, Alyssa 30, Hannah 23, Hallie 21, Luke 19. We also are grandparents to 2 beautiful granddaughters and 1 grandson.
My desire to become a doula started when our first granddaughter was born and our daughter experienced many unfortunate encounters at the hospital. I learned about doulas that day and was inspired to pursue my journey to become a Certified doula. I want to be able to help families get excited, be informed about their birth and help them be empowered so they have a great experience. I support all births, non medicated, medicated, Vbac (vaginal birth after cesarean), Cesarean, water birth, Hospital, Birth Center and Home births.
When I am not attending births I love to spend time with my family, sew, enjoy the outdoors and travel to see the grand children.
Kim Williams CD(DONA), CLEC, CBE, is an active member of the Childbirth Collective, active membership with DONA International, member of American Association of Birth Centers, a doula graduate intern at MN Birth Center Mpls & St.Paul MN,a doula graduate of Health Foundations Birth Center, St.Paul MN, former doula at Unity Hospital, Fridley MN, formerly a volunteer birth doula and a volunteer ED grief doula at Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury MN. I am also listed on the Minnesota Department of Health Doula Registry.