ARIANA RIEGEL, BIRTH DOULA
Birth Doula, Ann Arbor Doulas | firstname.lastname@example.org
My Doula Story
I attended my first birth as a doula in 2014 and fell in love with birth work. After caring for my first client as she labored to bring her baby into the world and seeing the impact that a supportive birth team can have on outcomes, I knew that I had to find a way to keep doing this work. It is important for me that women feel informed and affirmed whatever their personal journey ends up being. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum can be a vulnerable and transformative moment in our lives. Compassionate, non-judgmental support (emotional, physical, and informational) can be instrumental to making these transitions with confidence and grace. Seeing expectant folks take ownership of their birth experiences and flourish as parents is one of her favorite parts of this work.
I have had the opportunity to witness births all along the spectrum from scheduled C-sections to planned home births. In each case it is my job to make sure that each family has the information, tools, and support they need to make the next decision, take the next step. As your birth doula I will provide prenatal support in preparing and planning for the birth that you want. During labor, I can be a source of hands-on comfort, additional information, and emotional support. I often fill the role of sounding board, witness, and advocate. My job is to make things go as smoothly as possible so that the rest of the birthing team is able to be fully present in their birthing experience. I am continually struck by how amazingly strong women are and how incredibly important it is that they feel heard and respected throughout their journey to parenthood.
If you are interested in my birth doula services please contact me here.
A little bit about Ariana
I live in Ypsilanti with my partner and our two cats. My first introduction to birth was attending the birth of my youngest brother when I was ten. Since beginning this work as a doula I have had the privilege of seeing many more families welcome their little ones. When I am not supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum I am working as a graduate assistant and studying to earn my master’s in social work. I have always been drawn to work that allows me to accompany folks through moments of transformation and earning my MSW is a way for me to expand on that work. In my intermittent spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, knitting, spending time with family, and dreaming of our next camping trip.