Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley-Elise “HeHe” Stewart.
Haley-Elise “HeHe”, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Aside from being a Birth Doula, I’ve been in Early Childhood Education for many years. I often found that parents entering back into the work force after their maternity or paternity leave felt extremely lonely and unsupported, so I began to look into how I could bridge that gap—the gap of the time period between having a baby and then 6-8 weeks later when you send your child to childcare so you can return to work.
As a Family Life Educator, a multifaceted practice combining Psychology, Sociology, and Mental Health, I found a need to support the family as a whole while looking at all relational dynamics beginning from birth and how birth affects those relationships. Throughout my research of how to accomplish this “Family as a Unit” approach, I was introduced to the idea of a Doula and learned that reproductive justice and women’s rights needed more advocates.
Becoming a doula allowed me the opportunity to provide parents with comprehensive, uninterrupted support from the prenatal period all the way through the early years of their child’s life. By supporting, educating, and empowering parents, specifically birthing parents, to be involved in shared-decision making and in control of their birthing experiences, my hope is to help foster healthy parent-child relationships as well as positive spousal relationships.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The Boston area is very supportive of the birth world. Healthcare providers, OBGYN’s, and Midwives have been extremely kind and accepting of our services. They are a big source of referrals for Tranquility by HeHe. I have been able to build great relationships with hospital staff and, in my experience, they are always very inclusive. I believe they also realize the wonderful positive outcomes of having continuous support for a laboring parent. It’s extra hands, eyes and ears to help give care to the patient. When everyone is playing on the same team to achieve the same goal, the care can be seamless. The biggest challenge is educating the general public on what a doula is, the support that can be provided, and the wonderful benefits that can be achieved with well-rounded and intentional birth support.
Please tell us about Tranquility by HeHe Doula and Birthing Services.
For Tranquility by HeHe, we like to describe our practice in three ways: first, a wedding planner—think of someone who plans weddings or events. They usually know what you need, how to get those items, what questions to ask or things to consider, and help you put all of this together for the big day. Next, think of a personal trainer—preparing your body for birth can be something that you want to consider when having a baby. HeHe has chosen to specialize in Pelvic Floor Education in order to help prepare our clients for (hopefully) an easier and shorter labor.
Finally, think of a Sherpa—an expert mountain guide hired to help people navigate trails and hikes. We act as a birth Sherpa. We help you navigate the unexpected twists and turns that can pop up during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. We help our clients stay on the path guided by their birth plan. So, based on our customized care model, we help you put all your ducks in a row for the birth of your baby like a wedding planner, help you prepare your body for the passing of a baby like a personal trainer and help you navigate your birthing experience and your transition into parenthood like a sherpa all while feeling relaxed, confident, in-control, and supported.
customized care model. Prenatally, we provide a full-service maternity concierge to take care of all the “time-consuming” pieces of pregnancy such as planning a baby shower, designing and building your nursery, creating your baby registry, and researching the best baby products on the market.
During labor and delivery, we focus on self-care and strive to be a comprehensive spa-like birth experience for all of our parents-to-be. We want our expectant parents to be as relaxed and confident as possible prenatally, during labor and postpartum. We love to pamper our parents so they feel beautiful, strong, and serene. We use natural, holistic, and evidence-based approaches to educate our clients and help prepare them for childbirth and labor. We help expectant parents have an empowered birth with an easier and faster labor and recovery. We also provide postpartum support to help ease the transition of bringing home a newborn.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
The only thing I would do differently is to do deeper research into the industry–in general, but also specifically here in the Boston area. There are insights that I have learned along the way that could have been helpful to know from the beginning, personally and professionally. For example, I appeal to a very specific clientele, so had I done better research on the forefront, I could have spent more time reaching my target market and specializing in my particular areas of expertise.
- We offer packages starting at $800 and each package can be customized depending on individual needs.
- Website: https://www.tranquilitybyhehe.com
- Phone: 601.516.0829
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Other: www.tbhdoula.blogspot.com