Colleen Myatt CD/PCD(DONA), CLC, PES
Hello, congratulations on your upcoming birth!!
My name is Colleen Myatt and I am a certified birth and postpartum doula through DONA International. I am a certified lactation counselor and also a placenta encapsulation specialist.
I have four children of my own and loved being pregnant and giving birth. As my children started to become more self-sufficient I realized that my energy and enthusiasm needed to be put to good use. When I stumbled upon what a doula is and does it resonated deep within me and I knew this was what I was meant to do. I started my journey in 2012 and since then I have been completely immersed in my work and continuing education. I have met so many wonderful people and have attended many amazing births.
I love working with my clients and helping them navigate through their journey to parenthood. Whether this is your first baby or fifth I am there with you every step of the way. I offer non-judgmental support to all of my moms and their partners. I believe every woman should have a voice in how they labor and deliver their babies. Being pregnant, experiencing labor and delivery are not medical conditions. I offer open-minded and enthusiastic support for all mothers and partners.
Colleen is simply amazing. From the start, she was always kind, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. I was very anxious to give birth as a first time mom, and she was always there to answer any questions I had, in addition to giving me lots of tips on how to prepare for a natural birth and ease my anxiety. She responded to me almost immediately whenever i texted or called, and as the day approached she would check in with me frequently. Due to some special circumstances, I needed to be induced. This lead to some medical interventions that were not part of my birth plan, but Colleen was there for me 100% and never made me feel like the decisions I made were "wrong." Whatever I needed/wanted, she would try to get for me. Colleen was also an incredible support for my husband, who was a bundle of nerves during the birth, to say the least! She was able to reassure him during the process which gave him the piece of mind he needed. Even though I was induced and needed an epidural, I was able to have a vaginal birth and Colleen was there to support my husband and me through it all. I honestly can't think of anyone else I would have wanted there besides my husband to help me through it. As a woman about to give birth, (especially a first time mom) you need someone in your corner to stick up for you, remind you of your birth preferences, and Colleen was the one to do all of that for me.
She was also incredibly helpful to me after my son's birth as our post-partum doula. She came to our house and supported me, whether it was cooking, cleaning, or helping me with breastfeeding/caring for my son. She gave me peace of mind and ultimately the confidence I needed to feel like I could "do this." Those first few weeks were hard, but Colleen really saw me through them. She went above and beyond her call as a doula. Hiring her was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and my family, and I will cherish my time with her forever!
Amanda Ryan Moitoso