Dana Nassau, CD(DONA), HCHD
My passion for childbirth awoke as I made my own journey through the pregnancy and birth of my first son in 2006. I am, by nature, very curious and realized I didn’t know that much about childbirth. In college my anthropology teacher shared, while on a tangent, that she would never give birth in the hospital. When I became pregnant, I remembered her admonition and I knew I needed to investigate. I researched my options and, always tending to go crunchy, decided I wanted to try for an unmedicated birth. I found natural childbirth classes and a hospital midwifery practice that I loved. At the time home birth was way off my radar, but the type of care midwives offer was preferential. I felt very well prepared for childbirth and had a very supported and empowering experience. As I became more aware, I realized that this is not the experience of most women in America. The call to birthwork stirred in me and I heeded it’s calling. In 2007, I took my DONA Birth Doula training and began supporting families at home and in the hospital.
I am certified through Doulas of North America (DONA), HypnoBabies, and HypnoBirthing and have training in/with Spinning Babies, The Bradley Method, use of Rebozo, and breastfeeding. In 2018, I decided to take my support of families one step further and became a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor. I had been working with families using the Hypnobabies method for 8 years as a doula and used it for the birth of my third child. I discovered it really works and I’ve loved sharing this empowering childbirth method with families.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that supporting women through childbirth is much less about what I can bring to the birth and much more about allowing the mother tap into her intuition and find the strength inside herself. Don’t get me wrong, I bring a lot of experience and birth knowledge, plus numerous tricks and techniques to assist my clients in a variety of circumstances. However, there is a depth of strength and wisdom inside a women that must be discovered as a women follows her path toward motherhood. It’s my desire to create a space and intention for mothers to tap into this wellspring of power. In the book The Call of the Wild, Jack London captures Buck’s experience so beautifully: “He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the Womb of Time.” Childbirth is perhaps the only event that truly connects us to our instinctual selves and it transforms us. This rite of passages turns us into mothers. I support all women’s preferences, but it is truly a joy to support women who desire to walk this special path with intention and mindfulness