Gracie Parks

DONA certified Birth Doula, Postnatal Doula

BA Spanish/MAT

Dar a luz: To bright to light; to give birth. This beautiful expression gets at the heart of why I am drawn to serving as a doula: supporting women through an amazingly transformative time, as they journey through the unknown to reach ultimate enlightenment.

 

A native Charlottesvillian, I spent my high school summers volunteering at Martha Jefferson Hospital. I was 16 when I witnessed my first birth, and it ignited in me a deep desire to learn everything that I possibly could about the reproductive process. A decade later I completed birth doula training through DONA, and have been so blessed by the wonderful mentors who have nurtured my growth along the way. 

 

Teaching Spanish has afforded me the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it has been profoundly eye-opening to consider how cultural attitudes shape the experiences of birth and motherhood across the world. I strongly believe that every woman deserves to have a birth that is safe, celebratory, and empowering.

Testimonial:

"I am so grateful to have had Gracie at my side during my daughter’s birth! Gracie has a calming presence that helped me stay relaxed and focused during labor. I felt protected and could let go, because Gracie took care of everything! Gracie was a constant source of ideas for movement. She kept me moving, kept me calm, and under her monitoring, we were able to do most of my labor at home. In the hospital, we didn’t run out of ideas because Gracie was there. I was able to stay active and try different positions for further opening. She renewed my energy with snacks and aromatherapy. Gracie helped me stay focused and helped to relieve my pain with counter pressure and massages. When we reached transition and the waves of contractions became tsunamis, Gracie remained a steady force and encouraged me to the end. Gracie was an essential part of my birthing team and I can’t imagine how we could have done it without her! "

Molly Duncan

RYT, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, DONA Trained Birth Doula

Proud Mama

I have always been inspired and amazed by the journey women make through pregnancy and birth into motherhood. My own birth was transformational and called me towards a path of uplifting and supporting women during this time period of their lives.

I have completed my doula training through DONA and I am a certified yoga instructor. I will also be completing my 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training through Kelly Cox at Bend. 

As a Doula, my aim is to help facilitate a birth in which Mom feels empowered, heard and safe. Birth is an experience defined by the deepest emotions, and I am so honored to bear witness as new families are born. 

Testimonial:

"I don’t know what I would’ve done without Molly. Before birth, she listened to all of my concerns, wants, and needs and I could tell she really cared about me. She made me feel prepared and capable to give birth and I went into labor with a positive attitude because I knew Molly would take care of everything. When it came down to it, she was all that and more. I had a very long labor and she was by my side for 48+ hours doing counter pressure, massaging, providing appropriate snacks, positioning me, and creating an over-all positive environment. I felt comfortable and taken care of the entire time. 

My husband was also a part of my birth team and he was so nervous. Molly helped him feel helpful and a part of the experience while taking over the parts where he didn’t know how to help. In his words, “Molly saved my life.” 

I truly owe her my sanity and the ability to look back at my birth with good feelings.'

Chloe Watkins

E-RYT, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, ToLabor trained Birth Doula, Postnatal Doula, Proud Mama.

Jay Brown says, “family life is the yogic cave” and it is this idea that echos in Chloe’s personal practice and in her teaching. Drawing inspiration from everyday activities - raising a young family, juggling jobs and tasks and making ends meet - Chloe seeks the wisdom in our mundane experiences. Her aim is to provide her students the tools with which they can begin to notice the intricacies and joys of their lives as they are today - the good, the bad, and the indifferent.

Chloe was trained in 2012 at PURE Yoga in New York City under Yogi Charu and KayKay Clivio. She has been blessed by many incredible teachers over the years including Kelly Cox, Jen Fleisher, Shala Worsley, and Tiffany Cruikshank.

Catalina San Giorgio

ToLabor trained Birth doula, Postnatal Doula 

Proud Mama.

Catalina is a professionally trained toLabor birth doula and a DONA postpartum doula. She’s been a part of the Charlottesville community for the entirety of her life and is a UVA alumna with a B.A. in Environmental Science. She enjoys being outside surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, going for runs with her family, and making Neapolitan pizza at home. She was drawn to prenatal, birth, and postpartum doula work during her own pregnancy and delivery of her son, Wilder. Catalina is passionate about creating a supportive, nonjudgmental, and empowering environment to those who are pregnant and their families as they create and welcome a new child into their lives. Through her human-to-human support and care, Catalina’s goal is to aid families to truly enjoy the transitions of pregnancy, birth, and parenting.