Meet Patti Crawford
When people find out that you're a doula, what do they say or ask?
Many years ago when I told people I was a doula they would usually ask “what’s a doula?” Now people seem to be a lot more familiar with doulas although I still occasionally get “oh, so you deliver babies!” My answer: No, Doulas don’t deliver babies, we leave that to the midwife or OB. We do provide awesome physical and emotional support during labor and advocate for mom to have a beautiful and satisfying birthing experience!”
Tell me about someone who has influenced how you approach birth.
Ina May Gaskin and Penny Simpkin have definitely influenced my approach toward birth but the biggest influence is the women and families whose births I’ve had the honor to be a part of. Women will often say “I couldn’t have done it without you” and I always remind them that of course they could have. A doula is there merely to remind them of what they already instinctively know how to do! A doula is often a minister of presence, creating an atmosphere of calm and encouraging confidence in mom’s ability to tap into her own strength and inner wisdom! I learn something new every time I attend a birth and am constantly, overwhelmingly amazed by birthing women!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
It might surprise people to know that even after attending over 200 births I tear up every single time I see a mom and dad meet their baby for the first time. No matter how many births I attend I will always believe each one is miraculous and one of the greatest adventures ever!
What is it like to be a doula?
Being a doula is about being on call 24/7, always being conscious of how far you are away and how long it will take you to get back if a client calls, it’s about keeping your hair washed because if you need to go quickly you don’t want to gross anyone out. It’s about missing family birthdays and holidays and rescheduling missed trips and appointments. But more than that, it’s about watching a woman dig deep and tapping into something she didn’t know she possessed! Its about observing the awe in her eyes and that of her partners as she becomes empowered to birth her baby how she chooses and realizes she is more than capable, she is incredible! It’s about being a keeper of the beautiful dance that takes place in your presence as a sweet baby makes his way into his momma’s arms and she falls instantly and deeply head over heels in love! It is an honor and a privilege and for me a true God given calling for my life!
Bio: I have an amazingly supportive husband and together we have 5 awesome children and 4 beautiful, amazing grandchildren as well as many bonus kids that call me Nana! I am hopelessly addicted to my grand babies! We are loud and crazy, we look for any reason to celebrate and enjoy big family gatherings. In our home family is defined not by blood but by love! I love spending time near oceans, lakes and rivers and find water of any kind to be healing in many ways.
I have been supporting women and families during pregnancy, birth and early parenting for more than 30 years. My first birth experience was so empowering that I soon became addicted to all things pertaining to birth. I have many years' experience as a health educator in public health, providing in-home pregnancy and parenting education as well as labor support. I have been a doula since before I knew what a doula was!
Services offered: birth and postpartum doula services, breastfeeding education and support, private childbirth classes, lending library including Hypnobabies CD's and workbooks
Training/certifications: CD(DONA) Dona certified birth doula, LCCE- Lamaze certified childbirth educator, NWAHEC trained lactation educator, trained in Hypnobirthing
Areas/hospitals served: Concord, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Statesville, Huntersville, Charlotte and surrounding areas