Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Foster.
Liz, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was awakened to the labor and birth world when, as a single mother, I birthed my son via emergency c-section. Never again do I want a mother to feel the dread and despair I felt during pregnancy and birth. Five years later, I successfully delivered my daughter via vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and I finally understood the strength and power we should all feel throughout the birth process. I was thrilled to experience what everyone in the natural birth world was talking about! It is my mission to make positive birth stories the outstanding norm for everybody.
As I became to take the journey into becoming a doula, I discovered the keys to a joyful birthing experience: safety, security, preparation, support, and a calm mindset, all planned in advance, to be by your side for anything that should arise. My aim is to activate these pillars of power in expectant couples to the best of my ability and to embrace what is out of our control, the unpredictability of birth.
I do not judge the way a mom decides to labor (unmedicated, medicated, or cesarean). I respect her space by holding it with the utmost care. It is my highest honor to serve women in one of the most splendid moments of their lives!
In order to achieve our desired birth, sometimes we have to look at some things that may prevent that from happening, through pregnancy, birth and postpartum coaching. Pregnancy puts you on the threshold of a great rite of passage. To progress from “here” to “there” without getting lost, you need a guide and a map. Together, we plan and prepare for birth in a peaceful and joyful way.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
But to be truly honest, I HAVE A HUGE CONFESSION…I wasn’t always excited about babies. 👶
In fact, my doctor said that she couldn’t confirm nor deny that I ever “lay eggs”!!! So for the longest time, moms and children were a very nebulous realm of existence for me…
Until I saw that CROSSED line…
No, I’m pretty sure I said something else (oh s***), but that MOMENT began an incredible journey that shaped my life forever.
80,000 precious drops of tears, boob sweat and breastmilk later, 💦 I am overjoyed at the opportunity to be graced with the process of bringing a mother and child into a new station of life. I am most passionate about relating to others from where they are, empowering women to trust their bodies, and letting go of expectations for birth.
My journey into motherhood was challenging, yet through it, I was inspired to leap into “doulahood” to create more positive experiences for other mamas. There is NO BETTER FEELING during labor knowing that someone is completely invested in you, cheering you on and anticipating your needs so you can have your best birth possible. And that is why I am a birth doula!
We’d love to hear more about your work.
For my labor support, I:
Acknowledge and support a mother’s unique ways of coping with labor as we take each challenge minute by minute. I offer:
-Movement, breathing and pain management techniques.
-Encouragement, visualization, and power statements.
-Physical comfort tools: massage, acupressure, hot/cold packs, aromatherapy, rebozo, TENS unit, and more.
-Assist the partner and support team to offer you physical, mental and emotional comfort.
Advocate for parents by:
-Facilitating communication between the couple and their medical team.
-Offering access to information about the benefits, risks, and alternatives to any procedure before making a decision.
-Encouraging parents to ask questions and stand up for what they feel is right for them and their baby.
As a mom having gone through the intensity of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, I understand the thoughts and emotions that come along with every new phase. In addition to birth doula services, I also support moms with pregnancy, birth and postpartum coaching. It’s like life coaching for new parents. I created this program to assist expectant moms (and dads) in achieving a focus on clarifying your goals, developing commitment and accountability toward achieving those goals, and fostering new habits and skills. We do this by addressing belief systems around childbirth, overcoming internal resistance and challenges, forming a positive concept of childbirth, and adopting new ways of being with childbirth.
My goal is to facilitate alignment between belief systems, what someone says they want, and the actions they take in order to achieve it! Coaching shows clients how to address anxiety, fears, and worries, experience pregnancy as a heroic journey, prioritize peace of mind and physiological health for mom and baby, explore belief systems to rewire the way we view pain in labor and birth, create personal rituals for spiritual well-being and to embrace the unknown and the loss of control.
Afterward, my clients aren’t clammering for more information for peace of mind. They are not feeling guilty about co-parenting or not co-parenting with Google or Siri. But rather they feel rested in the knowledge of NOT knowing what the future holds. I know that sounds quirky but trust me on this. Lastly, they are filled with a sense of wonder and expectancy for a positive experience. And that makes all of this work worth doing.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in a musical household, playing piano, dancing and singing to folk and popular song, and hymns. I consider myself to be an extro-introvert. I love being around people, but I tend to need my space to recharge. I give out a lot of energy to people, so I like my alone time. I am very go-with-the-flow but have been known to be very A-type when it comes to hard work, which definitely comes from being self-driven as a child in my musical studies. I learned to play classical piano since I was five-years-old, I was in choir all throughout my school years, even into college as an a Capella singer. Music has a huge piece of my soul and enjoys using it in any way I can to benefit myself and others.
- Website: https://www.loveinmotion.net
- Phone: 720-352-3122
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/lizfosterdoula
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizfosterdoula
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/love-in-motion-doula-services-highlands-ranch
- Other: https://doulamatch.net/profile/19116/liz-foster
Image credits: Monet Nicole, Kayla Raine, BellaBliss Photography