Davinah (Dav) Simmons, MS, CD, CPpD
My approach to Doula work involves leaning into my intuition, advocacy skills, counseling background, and understanding of how medical systems function. I have a background in crisis intervention and mental health and because of this, I am confident in situations that can become intense or full of emotion. I am confident navigating the dynamics in a room where lots of things are happening and decisions are often made quickly.
As your Doula, my instinct is to create an environment that makes space for you to have your ideal birth (leaving room for a variety of possibilities and outcomes that can and will happen). While we know that plans and preferences always change, the goal is to have a healthy birthing person and a healthy baby.
My beliefs surrounding birth is that any birth is normal. There is no right way to have a baby and every person deserves to feel respected, heard, and cared for during their birthing time. I believe that every birthing person's body knows exactly what to do and my job is to keep the space safe and positive for this to happen, while working alongside healthcare providers in harmony to achieve the same goal.
Recognizing the importance of each person's intersectional identities, my birth and postpartum support extends itself across all identity and cultural expressions. I am especially passionate about supporting those who are pregnant who identify with the following communities in the Greater Seattle area:
- Single Parents
- People of Color
- Birthing Persons over 40
- Incarcerated populations
- Military spouse populations
training and education
Labor Doula Training, Cornerstone Doula Trainings, San Francisco, CA 2016
Postpartum Doula Training, Cornerstone Doula Trainings, San Francisco, CA 2016
Homebirth Training, Cornerstone Doula Trainings, San Francisco, CA 2016
Masters of Science, College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa, CA 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies and Spanish Linguistics, Pomona, CA 2010