Congratulations on your new little one on the way! My name is LeNay Graham, and I am so excited that you found me and are interested in my birth and postpartum doula services. Whether you are looking for birth doula care, postpartum doula care, or both, I am here to care for you! I wanted to take a brief moment to share a little about myself and also share my heart and passion behind doula care.
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and am the oldest of five children. Fast forward several years, I graduated from a small private college with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. For five years, I was a teacher for 5th and 6th graders and loved it. In 2012, we were overjoyed at the birth of our first son after years of struggling to get pregnant. My husband and I decided that I would stay home instead of teaching in the classroom setting. I loved being a new mom, but I will admit, I never took time to rest and recover. Very quickly, I tried to “do it all” and then some. In 2013, we were blessed with a second son, and in 2015, we had the joy of becoming parents to a daughter. Yet, after her birth, I quickly spiraled into significant postpartum anxiety and depression. Here I was, a mom of three, my children were the love of my life, but every day, was a struggle emotionally. It was during this season that I learned the value of support and of having others come alongside me. I accepted the truth that we were never meant to do it alone. I did make it through that very difficult season, and much to our surprise, we became pregnant with twin boys, who were born in May of 2017. Truly our hearts were full. In this new season, I readily accepted the help of others and saw the value of having the emotional and physical support I needed to recover well. What a difference this made for me! I knew that doula work needed to be in my future.
So here I am today, passionate about coming alongside birthing and postpartum mothers because I truly believe that we weren’t meant to journey alone. As a birth doula, I will offer you emotional support, will assist with physical comfort measures, and will help answer questions you have about the laboring and birth process so that you feel confident as you go through the experience of bringing your little one earth side. I will remain with you for the immediate postpartum period as you get settled and begin breastfeeding. As a postpartum doula, I will provide emotional and physical support for you, will assist with breastfeeding/feeding and newborn care, can do basic household tasks, organization, meal prep, errands, and will help with older siblings. I will provide resources and referrals for various needs. Most of all, I will be a support to you so that you can spend time resting, recovering, and bonding with your baby.
I am here to support you! You are worth it. You have been chosen to be a mother to this new life, and I count it an incredible privilege to walk alongside you in your journey. Many blessings as you embark on this new and exciting adventure. May it be woven with grace.