There has recently been a trend going around Facebook, where women who have been sexually assaulted share a simple two-word phrase to identify themselves as survivors -- "Me, too." My heart is shattered as I realize the sheer volume of people I know that have endured this experience. It's not surprising, considering that 1 in 6 people in the US are victims of sexual violence. But it is heart-breaking to see these secrets surface among those I know.
This post has been building up in me for awhile. And I feel it's time to say something.
Many potential clients feel like they have to miss out on getting to experience the vast benefits of hiring a birth doula or participating in placenta encapsulation services, because most birth services are cash or check pay only. We understand the strain that can put on growing families, and we want to do everything we can to help you get the best of both worlds.
I had a miscarriage.
I learned very quickly that those words make unsuspecting ears squirm. I found out immediately that the topic is taboo in our culture. It's not something that's talked about.
In May 2015, our local UpNorthLive aired a special report on the rise in placenta encapsulation in the United States. While it was definitely met with the expected opposition by many, my phone has also been ringing off the hook, and my email inbox is filling with interest. And I'm guessing many of you that are arriving here right now have come from the link in the article.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." - John H. Kennell, MD
My name is Kayla, and I am a Certified birth doula (DONA) and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (IPPA), serving the general Traverse City area and beyond. I have been married to my best friend since 2003, and we have 6 incredible children. I've given birth to my first five children in a hospital. My sixth was born at home in a beautiful planned home birth.