Cheryl Murfin, CD & Tina Dos Santos, LMP, CD, CPD
Let us start by saying we believe in you, your body and your baby and in your ability to work together toward the birth you want. We also believe the months leading up to and after the birth of your child are as important as the day he or she arrives. That is why we want to provide you and your family a wealth of information and support during this exciting transition. Together, we are eager to provide you with vital prenatal education, labor preparation referral to prenatal/postpartum massage, yoga and other self-care services, childbirth and sibling preparation classes for your family, referral to a wide range of maternity providers before your baby is born, full support during your labor, breastfeeding or feeding support after your baby arrives, and newborn/family photography. No matter what comes up, I've got you covered from belly to baby and, hopefully, beyond!
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Cheryl Murfin, CD, CBE, CLE,: Back-up Seattle Birth Doula.
People often ask me why I do what I do, given the long hours and emotional tenor of the job. Here's why: every time I am given the honor of attending a birth, I am amazed -- by the strength of women, the smarts of their babies, the resiliency of families. I learn something new from every family I serve -- about love, opening up and hope.
These lessons remind me I am part of a web of families around the world who are helping each other visualize a better world for our children.
The path to this work was meandering. I started my work life as a newspaper reporter - an exciting, high energy career but one generally focused on the things that go wrong in the world. In having my own children, I realized I wanted to have a work about creating good rather than reporting bad. I eventually moved into nonprofit communications, serving five years as Communications Director for Children's Home Society of Washington.
The births of my children included midwives, family practice doctors, obstetricians and doulas - each of these practitioners helped me give birth with dignity and power. Through them, I made the connection that how we are born matters. Feeling empowered to make our birth choices, feeling fully supported and informed, creating environments that result in a gentle, calm birth matters to us as parents, it matters to children as their first experience of the world outside the womb and it matters to their future as they consider bringing forth the next generation.
Soon after the birth of my first child, my daughter Madeleine, I began a self-study in midwifery, I wanted to learn all that could about this art, which I had thought ended in the Middle Ages. Not so, I learned. Today's midwives are well-educated, highly skilled, maternity care providers for low risk women and in fact research shows they have the lowest rate of interventions and poor birth outcomes. I also began assisting women, starting with friends and family, toward the kind of births I'd experienced -- where each mother felt able, strong, sure, empowered and supported. I started my practice as a doula before I knew the word doula.
Since 1995, through many work and family transitions, I have been a contributing editor at A New Arrival Magazine and Seattle’s Child Magazine and other parenting publications. I take great pride in creating a community of parenting through shared stories and ideas.
Over the years, I’ve completed both DONA International doula certification and PALS Doulascertification programs -- these professional organizations help to ensure that doulas provide evidence-based care and adhere to a common code of ethics in practice.
Professional Path, Education & Training
Combining my experience in communications and executive management, parenting editorial and birth support, I stepped into the role of Executive Director of the Seattle Midwifery School in 2005. The school is now the Master of Science in Midwifery program at Bastyr University, the first school in the U.S. to graduate direct-entry midwives at the Masters Degree level. I am deeply honored to have played a role in this momentous change.
B.A University of Washington
Non-Profit Management Professional Certificate, University of Washington
Former Executive Director, Seattle Midwifery School
Former Executive Director, Simkin School for Allied Birth Vocations
Former Communications Director, Children’s Home Society of Washington
PALS Doula, Certified Doula
DONA (Doulas of North America International), Member
Doulas of Souther California, Member
Volunteer Childbirth Educator and Labor Support Provider to the CHS Teen Parent Home & University of Washington Perinatal Services 2001-2005
When Survivors Give Birth, trained by Penny Simkin, PT, CD, CDT
When A Baby Dies, trained by Carrie Kenner, CD, CDT
Professional Education in Breastfeeding & Lactation series, Simkin School
Trained as a Childbirth Educator, Simkin School
Certified Northwest Birth Assistant
Certified Lactation Educator, Evergreen Perinatal Education
Supporter of DONA and REACHE annual conferences
Supporter MAWS annual conference
Former Board Member Seattle Midwifery School
Founding Board Member Association of Midwifery Educators
Certified Neonatal Resuscitation, American Heart Association
Certified CPR Adult/Child provider, American Heart Assocition
Member Midwifery Association of Washington State
Member Midwifery Association of California
Tina Dos Santos, LMP, CD, CPD: Primary Seattle Postpatum & Birth Doula: I am passionate about my work and sharing time with families during amazing transitions in their lives. My unique combination of education and experience allows me to assist families in easing the birth process as well as offer body work that helps many regain whole body wellness.
A little bit about me and my path to becoming a birth and postpartum doula, licensed massage therapist and cranial sacral therapist. I have been married to a wonderful man from West Africa for the last 15 years. This gives me first hand knowledge and insight about the intricacies of intercultural & interracial relationships. I have 3 adult daughters that, gratefully, all live nearby.
In 2005, many of my friends began having children and they asked me to be present when they gave birth. At one of these births, a Birth Doula was there as well. I had no idea what a Doula was, but I observed and asked a lot of questions. I left that birth “knowing.” I felt incredibly honored to be present during such a life changing experience, and I decided that I should take the Birth Doula Training to be more prepared to help my friends.
Since that time, I have attended over 200 births. I have worked independently and with Open Arms Perinatal Services. Shortly after becoming a Birth Doula I also became a Postpartum Doula because I quickly recognized how much need families have for support during the transition after a baby is born.
In 2010 I became a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) while on my road toward becoming a Cranial Sacral Therapist. Over the years of working with families and babies, I saw first hand how Cranial Sacral Therapy could help babies and Moms functions better. So, after finishing massage school, I spend a year and a half studying Cranial Sacral Therapy with the intention of working on infants and babies.
Since then, I have discovered I love working on all ages and sizes! If you’d like to know more about cranial sacral therapy as well as my credentials in this and other areas, please visit my personal website at www.cranialdoula.com.
Along with birth doula services, I also offer postpartum doula services. Here’s what you can expect if I serve you as a postpartum doula:
Overnight Care (8 hour minimum)
Daytime Care (4 hour minimum)
Breastfeeding/Bottle Feeding Support & Assistance
Newborn Care Guidance & Assistance
Bathing, Diaper changes, Swaddling, Picking up on babies cues, Developmental Milestones, Sleep, etc.
Physical support & tools to aid in recovery after vaginal birth or c-section
Laundry, Cleaning Kitchen, Running Errands, Meal Preparation
Learn more about Cranial Therapy www.cranialdoula.com.
If you have any questions about my services, call me: 206-387-5241.
Or, email me directly at: Tina@CranialDoula.com