1:1 Pre and Postnatal Virtual Sessions
Krista Sullivan, owner of Monumental Beginnings, is a birth & postpartum doula. As a doula, Krista provides education and emotional support to help parents have more positive birth experiences and adjust to life with a newborn.
Doulas are professionally trained to provide education, planning, and emotional support for families during pregnancy, birth, and throughout the postpartum period. Studies show that doula involvement has tremendous benefits for the family including shortening the average time spent in labor, and lowering one’s chance of medical interventions and cesarean birth. Families who partner with this type of support generally experience higher success rates breastfeeding, lower rates of perinatal mood complications, and report feeling more confident as they transition into a new family unit.
Before starting her business in 2017, Krista taught in Boston Public Schools at the elementary level. She holds bachelors degrees in Early Childhood Education and Women & Gender Studies, and has spent years as a caretaker and educator for families.
B.S. Early Childhood Education-Keene State College ’14
BA Women & Gender Studies -Keene State College ’14
Certified Birth Doula -Warm Welcome Birth Services ’16
Certified Postpartum Doula- Warm Welcome Birth Services ’17
Founder of Monumental Beginnings Doula Services 2017
Licensed Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher in MA & NH
ONE on One Doula Support
Doulas offer emotional support, and education for pregnancy, birth, & postpartum. In a one hour connect, Krista can support new parents in the following ways:
Topics of discussion may include:
-Discuss options related to pregnancy /birth such as comfort measures, what to pack in a birth bag, induction planning, complications during pregnancy, alternatives to medical interventions
-Create a birth plan by exploring options and preferences for your birth
-What to expect if the unexpected happens- navigating changes in the delivery room, such as induction, or c-section
-Creating a plan for postpartum-setting up space, boundaries with family & friends, and tips and tricks for healing and maximizing resources for a healthy recovery.
-How to design a nursery or registry with baby items you’ll actually use
Infant Care (0-12 Months)
-Ways to comfort your baby such as swaddling, pacifier use, skin to skin, etc.
-Sleep Routines-schedules and troubleshooting to help support your baby’s needs, and create sustainable habits for parents
-Feeding routine- support around all ways of feeding your baby, breastfeeding/bottles to solids
-Traveling with a baby- explore practical ways to be on the go with a little one
-Ways to play! How to interact with your baby to support healthy development
-”Is this normal?” Doulas are a great sounding board for normal baby development and care as well as postpartum healing. We can help you understand what to expect, and where to go if you or you baby needs extra care
-Emotional check-ins and assessment, connections to supportive resources
-Healing for all the things nobody warned you about! Physical recovery tips & tricks
-Preparation for returning to work