Jan 26, 2013

I am a panelist for this workshop today! (Click here)

So excited to be a panelist for this workshop at New Mother New Baby today!  What's better than a free, open forum where new moms-to-be can ask all their questions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborns to a panel including a midwife, lactation consultant, pediatrician and doula (ME!)?  I would have LOVED this when I was expecting.

Jan 25, 2013

Doula Care Making a Comeback In Chicagoland!

I've been chatting with other doulas in the area and many of us saw a drought of births over the holidays.  I was happy to have the extra time with my own family, but I missed my doula-client families! 

I am happy to report that the drought has come to an end! I am getting calls left and right for the spring and summer.  The babies are coming! The babies are coming!

Dec 12, 2012

The Diamond Doula is Famous!

The Diamond Doula is Famous!

Your very own Diamond Doula attened the Botanic Garden's 2012 Harvest Ball with my dashing hubby.  

New Evidence Based Study on Cesarean Birth

http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/cesarean/

Nov 9, 2012

Break The Silence; Respectful Maternity Care-CLICK HERE

This is a moving 4 minute video on the inequality of global maternity care. Take a moment to watch...

Nov 8, 2012

Super Holiday Birth Doula Special!

DDC is running a special promotion for those families expecting a baby before January 1, 2013. 

Our regularly priced, third trimester package is being offered for $500; a savings of almost 40%! 

Bring your holiday baby into the world with the extra care and support provided by the Diamond Doula.  Call or email us now as there are only 2 spots available!!

Oct 17, 2012

I'm The New DONA Intl Illinois State Rep!

I am so thrilled and honored to announce that I have been appointed to the position of Illinois State Representative for DONA International!  Below is the article I wrote for the October eDoula newsletter regarding my appointment:

Illinois Welcomes New State Representative (SPAR)  By Grace Fauls Lombardo, CD(DONA)Northbrook, IL

Greetings doula sisters! My name is Grace Fauls Lombardo and I am your newly appointed Illinois SPAR (State/Provincial/Area Representative).  I applied for this position after a seed was planted in me at the 2012 DONA International Conference in Cancun this past summer. I was sitting poolside with some of DONA International's Board of Directors when they mentioned that there was no state rep for Illinois, my home state.  This was shocking to me on a few levels. One, I didn't know there was such a position and two, how could Illinois, with such a vibrant doula community, not have an official liaison?  I knew at that moment that I would apply.  

Until four years ago "doula" was just the word on my mom's license plate.  You're confused right? Well allow me to explain.   My mother has been a working doula for over 12 years and has had 'DOULA 1' as her license plate for most of that time making her somewhat of a local celebrity. During this time, I was graduating from college, moving to New York City, working in a fast-paced corporation and nurturing my relationship with the man who is now my husband. I knew the basics of what my mom did (something about helping pregnant ladies...?), but was too busy in my burgeoning life and career to put much thought into it. Fast forward to the pregnancy and birth of my first child in 2008 and BAM! It all slammed into focus. I got it and I wanted to be a part of it. 

Whatever genetic predisposition I had to this vocation kicked into high gear and I began my training. I certified with DONA International in summer 2011 and today, I maintain my personal doula business while raising my young family in the suburbs of Chicago. In case you are wondering, I have my application in for my very own personalized license plate, "DOULA II."  

Though I know that there are doulas all around me in Chicagoland and the great state of Illinois, I surprisingly know very few personally.  My goal as your Illinois SPAR will be to cultivate more of a community and allow us opportunities to get to know one another, learn from each other and grow as doulas and women.You can contact me at DiamondDoulaCare@gmail.com

Who's with me Illinois?!

Sep 28, 2012

Cesarean birth

I recently attended my first Cesarean birth as a doula.  In advance of 'birth day' I spent a lot of time thinking about how to re-define my role and importance as a support professional for a Cesarean.  I was not going to be allowed into the OR which led to me to believe that I would miss the birth entirely, the climax of a doula's work.  How would I be able to support mom and dad if I couldn't physically be there?  Was there a need for me anymore?

In hindsight, I can say with total confidence that I was able to support this family in a profound way regardless of the fact that I was not in the room at the moment of baby's grand entrance.  Today's #1 lesson: Support has little to do with physical proximity and everything to do with intention and preparation. 

Mom, dad and I were together for the 2 hours prior to delivery.  This time turned out to be precious.  In this small room, as countless medical staff maintained a revolving door in and out, we stayed focused on mom and what she needed.  At times it was something tangible like a back rub, at others, it was just a glance, nod and a smile of reassurance.  When the time came for mom and dad to soldier on without me, I knew they would continue to feel my support.

Back together again after the birth, a new mission is revealed.  This family just went through something that was far outside of their initial plan.  It was crucial that they be reminded that they just gave birth to their darling baby.  At that moment, method of entry was irrelevant.  You gave birth.  Your baby is here because of you. 

The post-partum script was slightly different, but all things considered, it was back to business as usual for this doula.  Breastfeeding, self-care for mom, newborn care for baby and of course, a birthday party. 

 

Sep 24, 2012

PENNY!

PENNY!

Me and the matriarch of all doulas, Penny Simkin, at the 2012 DONA International conference in Cancun Mexico