Brenda Whyland CD(DONA),CLE
Certified Birth Doula,
Certified Lactation Educator
Serving Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY
Brenda Whyland CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
I want to help women and families have the birth that they want, while making sure they know what types of options they have in our area during this amazing time in their life. I believe it's important to let families make their own decisions and never judge them by what decision they chose.
I recognize that every family's desires and needs are unique, different and need to be met. The right information and decisions are the foundation of a positive birth experience.
There is no right way to birth your baby except the right way for you, your body, baby and family.
I will work with you to ensure that you get the information, knowledge,comfort and support that you need to create the empowering birth of your choice.
The ultmate goal is for parents to have a positive experience knowing that they are validated, supported and loved throughout the process.
Personal Doula Experience
I have had the wonderful experience of attending births for 16 years now.
These birth have been at homes, birthing center, hospitals, unmedicated, medicated vaginal births, Cesarean births and VBAC births.
I have also attended twin, breech and waterbirths. I have helped single mothers, teenage mothers, high risk mothers with medical problems and special needs babies, surrogate births and adoptions. I have had military mothers whose partners were deployed during birth and mothers with domestic and chemical abuse.
I would like to thank all of my clients that have made these amazing experiences possible for me during a very special, intimate, amazing, memorable and life changing time in your life. Each birth is very special and has a special place in my heart that I will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you!!
I live on a small farm in Southern Indiana. I am married to my wonderful husband and we have two daughters together. I have been fortunate to assist so far in my family with one of my daughters in the births of my two granddaughters. We also have an adopted daughter that I have assisted with her two son's and two daughter's births too.
Having worked at an area hospital as an OB technician, I was able to see first-hand that mothers needed unbiased help. They needed someone to help guide them through childbirth. I wanted to help families be informed, learn their options and be able to help them avoid any unwanted interventions, so I became a doula.
I strive to be the best doula for my clients. I continue to enhance my skills by taking workshops, seminars and other continuing education courses far beyond my certification. I believe it's important to never stop learning in order to be the best that you can be.
Trained as a Lactation Educator 2018
Recently trained as a Lactation Educator through CAPPA. I am working on Certification.
I was certified with DONA International in 2004. As a Certified Birth Doula I am recertified every 3 years. Requirements are 16 hours of continuing education to stay abreast of the latest research and to maintain my skills, and attend 3 births with positive evaluations by clients, nurses, or care providers.
Advanced Doula Skills Workshop- The Use of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) During Labor- 2006. Advanced Doula Skills Workshop-Optimal Fetal Positioning - Sept. 2006. Providing care for families grieving miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death-2014. Rebozo Techniques. Working with VBAC Clients: Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles- 2015
Trained Professional Birth Doula
Trained with ToLabor 2013
Current member and past Board Member
I have been a member with DONA since 2004. And a member with Birth Care Network since 2004 and also a past Board member with Birth Care Network.
Due to Covid 19 we have suspended these classes. If you would like to learn more about Birth and Postpartum Doulas contact me and we can visit per Zoom, Facetime or phone for more information. Thank you!!
2019 Hosting "Meet A Doula" at Clark Memorial Health, Dates: May 8, July 10, September 11, November 6 is a free class. You do not have to have your baby at Clark to attend. Join us and learn more about Birth and Postpartum Doulas. The kinds of support they provide, the benefits and how they can help you acheive a positive informed birth experience. Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM. Lower Level Classroom.1220 Missouri Ave. Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130.
I am a volunteer doula with MamatoMama.com. A Volunteer Doula Program that brings doula support to under-served or " at risk" mothers.
Every pregnancy, birth, labor and family needs are different. As a doula, I tailor my services to the individual needs of each family.