Childbearing Doula . Massage Therapist . Group Classes
When you choose to work with me towards transforming your wellness and/or growing your family, you will feel empowered and informed as you take your life into your own hands. It may look like I am all over the place with doula, massage and group class opportunities, but what you don’t know is that every second of every training has been to provide you with the most comprehensive experience around your (fe)male reproductive health and childbearing years. If you are looking for an ally to cheer you on your journey, with a few tricks of her own, how can I best serve you today?
As a wife and mother of three children, I love to spend time playing and learning with my family. My personal journey as a mother started with my daughter Dharma’s water birth in a hospital in Atlanta (2005), followed by the births of my son, Macey, (2012) and my daughter, Harper, (2014) at Charleston Birth Place. My calling to serve started in 2002 when I started massage school, growing and transitioning deeper into fertility and birth work over the past decade. I have worked within the parameters of the childbearing year as a Certified Nurturing the Mother massage therapist since 2007 focusing my massage career in fertility, prenatal, induction, labor, and postpartum massage. Continuing my transformation, I added yoga, pilates, and doula education to my resume between 2007 and 2013. My largest investment and training to date is incorporating the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage® into every aspect of my services, as I transform from practitioner to teacher trainer over the next couple years.
Finding the right provider for your family is hard, being told you need to search out another provider to cover the gaps in eduction is frustrating. When you decide to work with me towards your birth and wellness goals you are not only hiring me for your time, you are hiring over 14 years of experience and $25,000 in education to ensure you receive the most comprehensive services possible, and the least potential to need a secondary practitioner.
Doula Trainings and Certifications
Nurturing The Mother/2007
Homeopathy for the Childbearing Continuum/2013
Birthing From Within/2005 & 2012
Heartfelt Childbirth Prep Class/2013
HypnoBirthing Prep Class/2013
Mother Friendly Childbirth Workshop with Ina May Gaskin and Henci Goer/2014
Rebozo, the Gina Kirby Method/2014
Waterbirth Workshop with Waterbirth International/2014
Counseling LGTBQ Couples with Jaye Simpson /2016
Breastfeeding Structure and Function: The Balancing Act, Evaluating Infants for an Interruption of Balance IBCLC CERP/2016
Breastfeeding Structure and Function: What, Why and the Long Term, IBCLC CERP/2016
Massage Trainings and Certifications
Atlanta School of Massage 4.0/2002
National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage/2002
The Upledger Institute, INC/2003
Nurturing The Mother (Prenatal, Labor & Postnatal with a basic training in Fertility)/2007
The Institute for Temporomanibular Studies/2011
Nurturing The Mother Fertility Specialist/2012
Baby’s First Massage/2014
THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY® Level One/2016
THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY® Level Two/2016
THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY®; Advanced Pregnancy/2016
Exercise Trainings and Certifications
Expert Rating/ 2007
Yoga of India 200RYT/ 2009
Equivalent of two certifications via apprenticeship 550 hours/ 2010
Maya Arvigo International Association (MAIA) - SouthEastern Coordinator 2016, Member Since 2016
Professional Doulas of Charleston - Vice President 2014-2015; Social Media Marketing 2014-current; Member since 2013
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals - Member since 2004
American Massage Therapy Association - Member 2002-2004
Our Whole Lives (OWL) - Certified Comprehensive Sex-Ed Facilitator for 7th-12th grade at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, 2014 to current
Florence Crittenton Programs - Volunteer, 2016 to present
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) - Administrator and Facilitator, 2015 to present
Red Tent Temple of Charleston - Creator and Lead Facilitator, 2013 - 2016
The decision to hire a doula was based on my desire to have a natural birth in a hospital setting. I decided on Danica after interviewing a number of doulas. I felt like Danica was the perfect choice for me because she exhibited all of the qualities I felt like a doula should have but most importantly above all I could tell she would not be judgmental of what I wanted or sway me into her beliefs. I appreciated this way about her and feel like this is a true Doula. I felt like she was worth every penny before I even went into birth. She educated me about so much and changed my lifestyle for the long run. Every question and concern I had she was able to get me an educated answer to. She is extremely educated about the birthing process, massage, holistic nutrition and holistic healing. I loved that she could talk intelligently about every subject. During the birthing process she allowed me to make decisions but she also was there to help me make a decision when I looked to her for guidance. Knowing she was there encouraged me to succeed in having a natural birth. She is passionate about being a doula and that shines through.Ashley Wylie
Danica gave me a prenatal massage with some induction pressure points, and I went into labor within 48 hours. The massage was relaxing and Danica was sweet and professional. Highly recommend!Jennifer Hirchert
I’ve worked with Danica as both a massage therapist and a doula. When I was in a car accident at 11 weeks pregnant, I saw her for massage and healed up extremely well. She is very honest and knowledgable as a doula, and her services were invaluable during birth. I felt like I had a close friend with me! She helped labor move along and provided emotional support during the toughest parts of labor. And she worked really well with my husband too! I couldn’t recommend her more, it was so worth it to hire her!Moriah Kramer
As a first time father, I had read all the books, listened to the podcasts, and been to a host of birthing classes. However, the moment my wife’s water broke, I became clueless and I immediately forgot everything I had learned.
I was so thankful for Danica’s help. I really wanted to be a help for my wife during the labor process. While Danica’s focus was on my wife, she enabled me to engage in the labor process in more meaningful ways than I otherwise could have.
Lastly, my number one hesitation about hiring a doula was the idea of having an extra helper in the suite that was somehow taking my role. Myth busted! Danica did an excellent job at being available for whatever we needed while at the same time maintaining a low profile within the birthing suite. She also aided us in communicating our birth plan to hospital staff when the labor experience made speaking words a challenging task. The intimate childbirth experience my wife and I wanted was only enabled by her presence.James L.