headshotMy name is Maureen Farrell; I am a certified Family Herbalist, Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Doula, and a student midwife. My practice is centered around Elkins, WV, and I will typically travel up to 3 hours to work with you! I have created Highland Birth Support to serve you and your family during the childbearing year.

The Childbearing Year is a term referring to the period of fertility prior to pregnancy, the entire pregnancy, and the short-term postpartum after birth. Here in the Highland region of West Virginia, I aim to support families by providing full-spectrum doula services, lactation support, childbirth education, and herbal consultation.

What is a Doula? The word isn’t too common in these hills, but I assure you West Virginia’s rich history includes them.  Simply, a doula is a person who assists during childbirth.  When I reflect on our history of mountain midwives and herb women, I see doulas everywhere.  Every sister, mother, daughter, neighbor, or mountain woman who has shown up and supported another woman during labor was acting as a doula.

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The modern definition of the word is a little more specific:  a doula is a professional who is trained to assist before, during, and/or after childbirth.  The doula provides emotional, physical, and educational support to her clients and their families.  A doula does not preform clinical tasks or medical procedures and does not speak for or make decisions for the family. At its core a professional doula isn’t so different from the strong women who helped our mother’s mothers and their mother’s mothers give birth.  A doula comes when she is needed and remains to support a mother through her birth.  A doula helps a mother feel safe in her labor and guides her toward her birth.

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