Doula Intern Haley O

Normal Pregnancy & Natural Childbirth

Haley O’Neill

I have been a trained birth doula for several years (through toLabor since 2015 and DONA since 2018) and have in-hospital and out-of-hospital birth doula experience. I am working towards my DONA birth doula certification and routinely serve as a volunteer birth doula at a local hospital. I have a background in Biology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and hope to pursue a midwifery education. I have lifelong experience with the circle of life: growing up on a small family farm, bearing peaceful witness to and holding patient space for low-intervention, physiologic birth amongst our sheep and cows was a childhood norm. As time has passed, I have come to realize just how important affirmative and loving support can be for laboring people (and other mammals!). I initially explored the realm of birth doula work and midwifery scopes of practice in high school when I quickly realized the value of birth doulas and the diversity in gestational history, pregnancy, and birthing outcomes. Serving as a birth doula, a steward of a safe space, and respect for individual capability and authority, is one way I can work to support more people to feel safe, affirmed, and respected in their reproductive decisions, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experiences. The energy and emotional labor of doula work is one way I can give back to the communities that have given so much to me. I am eager to meet you!