Ashley Carver | Doula
Orange County, CA & Surrounding Areas
Are you expecting a baby, but don't know where to start to prepare?
Feeling uninspired in your pregnancy and childbirth-prep journey?
Need a partner and guide to help you navigate the huge emotional, spiritual, and physical transformation that is conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting?
Looking for real, connected, honest, and supportive care to get you through the intensity of the sensations of childbirth?
DON'T WORRY, MY LOVE, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
The support I give as a doula and childbirth educator is entirely catered to YOU and your partner/family. I am not beholden to your doctor, midwife, mother-in-law, or anyone else who may be there to support you (in different ways!) through this MASSIVE experience.
I know that each pregnancy and birth and postpartum journey is unique, and I am here to make sure you feel seen, heard, understood, validated, and cared for on an emotional, spiritual, physical, and informational level.
Depending upon when you contact me in your conception/pregnancy/birth/postpartum journey, I can:
help you with preconception planning
help you choose a local care-provider who will support your pregnancy and birth vision
provide you with engaging childbirth education while we work together to plan your birth and postpartum time holistically
deliver hands-on and emotionally connected support during your birthing time
provide you with resources and referrals should the need arise
lovingly prepare your placenta medicine
wrap your belly to help with postpartum healing
assist with establishing a bonded and positive breastfeeding relationship
make sure, no matter what the outcome, you leave your childbearing year feeling empowered and full of love and light
... and so much more!
I am a wife, a mother, a sister, an auntie, and a doula. I've been serving families as a doula since 2017, and I really feel that being a doula is a physical and energetic manifestation of what my soul was put on this earth to do. I know that women are smart, and that they need concrete knowledge, current research, and ancient wisdom and support and power in order to birth and mother to the best of their abilities.. and it is my duty to provide that from a well-rounded, connected, and intelligent perspective. I know that the physical and logical parts of pregnancy, birth, and parenting are only half of the story, and fostering a connection to our intuition and our "illogical" but powerful internal "knowing" is not only one of my favorite parts of my personal life, but one of my favorite parts of serving the women of my community. I really think that in our culture, we sometimes need to be reminded of our power and full potential as women, and that this "remembering of" or "coming into" our power will change the world for the better. In this vein, it is my firmly-held belief that most women and babies intuitively know how to birth in the best and safest way for them personally, if given the chance.. and this is my underlying theme, my M.O., when it comes to doula support. I'm not the one empowering anyone.. I am helping you to find your power within yourself, and to nurture it to the point that it is one of your strongest assets during the most transformative and memorable time periods of your entire life. I completed professional doula training with Childbirth International (CBI) and I also maintain current certifications in infant resuscitation and CPR. I am never not reading a pregnancy, birth, parenting, postpartum, childbirth education, personal development, or doula-related book.. ever. I'm constantly growing and learning, and sharing my knowledge with my community. If you are currently considering conceiving, already pregnant, or recently postpartum, I encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have or to set up a consultation when we can talk at length about your dreams and desires for your childbearing year!
- Birth Doula
- Antepartum Doula
Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses
- Certified Birth Doula
- Trained Doula
- Abortion Support
- American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
- Antepartum doula
- Baby-led weaning
- Babywearing education
- Belly binding
- Breastfeeding Consultant Services
- Childbirth Educator
- Cloth diapering education
- Military families
- Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
- Mother blessing celebrations
- Parenting consulting
- Placenta encapsulation
- Surrogates and intended parents
- Fertility Doula
Special Training & Experience
- Cesarean birth
- Clients on bed rest
- Families conceiving with ART and IVF
- Home Birth
- Induced labor & birth
- LGBT Families
- Over 40
- Plus size mothers
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Relinquishing mothers
- Single parents
- Women and Families of Color
- High risk
Birth Prices Starting At
My basic package includes 2 prenatal visits that are up to 2 hours long each, birth support, and one postpartum & breastfeeding support visit up to 2 hours long. Plus constant contact during your pregnancy! Check out my website for more details.