Birth Doulas are trained, experienced professionals in childbirth who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.Research shows parents with support
The first year of my journey as a doula unfolded beautifully with the support and openness of over 40 families. I have been involved with Birthing Programs specializing support in multi–cultural, multi–lingual support, and young mothers under 22, private clients who I have had the blessing to meet, and being a part of the Board of Directors of a non–profit Doula organization. I commit to doing my best in supporting your experience so it will be remembered as you hoped and wished for it to be.
I am blessed to know what it feels like first–hand to be well supported (and the other way around) when having a baby and growing with him. I am bilingual in English and Japanese, building my home in Honolulu with my loving ever–growing ohana.
Pat Goding, RNC, BSN, ICCE
I am an ICEA certified Childbirth Educator, teaching for 31 years. I teach Childbirth Preparation classes at the Kaiser Waipio Clinic and I do private classes in the client’s home. I’ve been an OB nurse, both Air Force and civilian, for over 10 years and I am also a Labor Doula. My husband, who is retired Air Force, and I live in Waikele, and have lived in Hawaii for 19 years.
I feel honored to be with women and their families during their most vulnerable, impressionable, courageous and tender moments, while allowing themselves to open up to the sheer force and unpredictable nature of labor and birth. I believe that if women are nurtured and respected during pregnancy through birth, they can gain a new sense of self and can discover more things about themselves that they ever thought possible. This strength and empowerment can sustain them throughout their lives and they can teach their children, that ANYTHING is possible.
Tasha Hakeem, DONA Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula
“When Survivors Give Birth” Certificate
I am a DONA–trained Birth & Postpartum Doula. I am passionate about seeing mothers given the opportunity of informed choice so their pregnancy, birth, delivery and post–partum times are empowering experiences. Each are life–changing moments for a woman, her partner and baby and a vital time to be supported as one unit.
Personally, I am the mother to two toddlers who fill my life with wonder and joy! With my first, I birthed with the support of my husband and Doula at a hospital; with my second baby, my husband supported me throughout a waterbirth at home. Both experiences had different unique elements. It would be an honour to walk with you and your family in this.
Serving families on the Big Island, Hawai´i.
Aloha! I have been blessed to be a Doula to many families on Oahu for over 6 years. Being a Doula is truly a calling, and it is a privilege to support couples during the beautiful and life–changing event of labor and birth. I believe that knowledge and the right birthing team are two key components to attaining the safest and best birth possible. As a Doula, I will provide you with the physical, emotional, and informational support you need, and I will always respect and honor your choices. Please contact me for more information!
My goal as a Doula is to help women through the amazing process of labor and birth by providing physical, informational, and emotional support. I feel it is important for women to be educated so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy and birth. I wish for all women to have an uplifting and peaceful birth, and truly feel grateful and honored to help with the process. I will work with you and your family through your personal situation, including inductions, VBAC, and cesarean births. Everyone deserves support! Please contact me for more information and to set up your free consultation.
It is my hope that the families I work with will feel empowered to reclaim their birth and parenting experiences so that they can look back on the memories of their child’s beginning with peace, pride, and fulfillment. You will be encouraged to make your own informed decisions regarding when, where, and how you will birth your child as well as how you will care for your child after the birth. It is my job to support those decisions and to help you communicate your wishes effectively to your care provider, friends, and family. I also believe your partner to be an integral part of the birthing and postpartum process and do my best to enhance your partner’s participation.
It would be my honor to walk beside you and your family on this journey.
Kari Wheeling, CD(DONA)
I am a certified Birth Doula through DONA and a certified Breastfeeding Counselor. I have 10 years of work experience in the maternal child health field, working to improve Hawaii’s system of care of pregnant and parenting women, both as a Doula and public health advocate.
I work with the expecting women or parents as part of their birthing team. As part of the birthing team, I provide emotional and mental support to the woman and help empower the family during labor and delivery. I provide information by clarifying any questions or concerns you have about your birth so that the family can make informed and knowledgeable decisions about every aspect of their labor and delivery.
Currently, I am continuing my education working towards my Family Nurse Practitioner and Midwifery license.
I have over 30 years experience in supporting mothers and their families during childbirth. I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA International and a certified Labor Doula through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). I am also certified in Lactation Counseling.
On a personal note, I am married and have 6 adult children (one set of twins) all natural childbirths and breastfed. I also have 14 precious grandchildren. I consider the birth of a child to be a miracle and one of the most significant events that takes place in a woman’s life. I strive to offer a loving, caring, and supportive environment for my clients and their families.
Please visit my website for more information on my services.