A birth doula provides continuous labor support during your birth. Research has shown that having a doula present for your birth can reduce your risk of cesarean delivery, instrumental delivery, increase birth satisfaction and improve breastfeeding success. See our Doula Services page for more information.
A Postpartum Doula provides in home support after the baby has arrived. Baby care, light house work, food preparation, breastfeeding support, and providing community resources are all part of the postpartum doula’s job. As your postpartum doula, I work to assure that you feel confident in your new role as parents, that you are receiving adequate rest, and that you feel nurtured and supported as you learn to care for you new baby.
A Hypno-Doula is a doula who has received specialized training in supporting clients who wish to use hypnosis during childbirth. As your Hypno-Doula, I am able to support you through whichever method of birth hypnosis you chose.Whether you have taken an in person class or learned through home study, I am knowledgeable in most forms of hypnosis for childbirth and would love to support you through your amazing hypnosis childbirth experience.
There are many great childbirth education classes available. Some are geared toward low intervention, non-medicated birth, while others take a more middle of the road approach. PA Doula and Wellness LLC offers private, individualized childbirth education classes. In today’s hectic world it can be difficult to set aside the same evening every week to take a childbirth education class. Giving up a Tuesday evening for 6-12 weeks in a row might not be possible. To assist couples who are experiencing scheduling conflicts with traditional classes, I offer private, individual classes at my Bellefonte office. These classes can be tailored to the information that is most helpful for you, and can vary according to your schedule. You want to meet Tuesday night one week, and Saturday afternoon the next? Great! We can schedule that. PA Doula and Wellness LLC works to suit our client’s needs.
Corey Strouse is the owner of PA Doula and Wellness LLC and is a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through Placenta Benefits.info. As a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Corey uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of placenta encapsulation. TCM encapsulation includes preparing and steaming the placenta, dehydrating the placenta, grinding the placenta into a fine powder, and then placing it into vegan vegetable capsules.The entire process is completed in your home. You always retain possession of your placenta and it is processed in an environment that you know and trust, because it is your own kitchen. Postpartum ingestion of the placenta is believed to reduce postpartum anxiety and depression and increase milk supply. Contact us for more information on the benefits of placenta encapsulation.
Reiki mean Universal Life Force Energy in Japanese. The “ki” in Reiki is the same energy as found in the “chi” of Chinese Tai Chi. As a Tai Chi practitioner for many years, Corey Strouse knew how beneficial chi energy had become in her own life. She wanted to find a way to offer this beneficial energy to her clients at PA Doula and Wellness LLC. In pursuit of this goal, Corey became a Reiki Master Teacher, learning several disciplines of Reiki, before offering traditional Usui Reiki to her clients. The benefits of Reiki include: stress reduction and relaxation, increased feelings of inner peace and harmony, balancing of the mind and emotions, reduced pain from migraines, surgery, and long-term illness while shortening recovery time. Reiki has been found beneficial for asthma, chronic fatigue, menopause symptoms,arthritis, sciatica, and chemo-therapy recovery. Reiki is a complimentary therapy, it is not used in place of conventional medicine. Interested in learning more? Contact PA Doula and Wellness LLC for information and scheduling.
Reflexology uses a system of pressure points to relieve stress and tension and encourage wellness. Each point corresponds to organs and body systems. Working the different reflexology points is thought to affect these areas and encourage health and healing. Reflexology may reduce pain, encourage overall feelings of wellness, reduce anxiety and depression, and aid with insomnia and illness recovery. Contact PA Doula and Wellness LLC to learn more about Reflexology or to schedule an appointment.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for physical and psychological well-being. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice with many benefits, but as with all things there are also associated risks. Corey Strouse, owner of PA Doula and Wellness LLC decided to become a certified aromatherapist specializing in aromatherapy for Prenancy, Birth and Postpartum, after becoming aware of the misinformation that was being given to childbearing and newly postpartum women. Essential oils are wonderful and useful things for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum – and throughout your life, but information on their use should be gained from trained professionals, since the risks associated with misuse are great. Interested in using essential oils to better your life? Contact us for information on private aromatherapy sessions and essential oil classes.
Why PA Doula and Wellness LLC. What doe Wellness mean?
For 15 years I ran my own successful birth and postpartum doula service: Chrysalis Birth and Postpartum Doula Services. I loved my business, was good at what I did, and served my clients to the best of my ability. But as the years passed I started to notice something. My clients seemed to be experiencing more stress and anxiety than they had in the past. Relaxation is the key to a great birth, and hectic busy lives left little room for practicing stress-reducing techniques. I would ask clients, “What are you doing to focus on relaxation?” and the answer too often was, “I know I should be doing something, but it’s so hard to find the time and I don’t really know what to do.”. These women knew that relaxation was important for a great birth, but lacked resources and guidance on what to do. Thus PA Doula and Wellness LLC was born. We take a holistic view to pregnancy, and encourage relaxation for a great birth – and back up that encouragement by having resources available for you. Interested in learning about Wellness Services? Contact us for more information.
Absolutely not! There are no requirements to take advantage of the wellness services offered at PA Doula and Wellness LLC. Women, men, young, mature, pregnant, never planning to have children, all are wlecome. We encourage everyone to schedule a wellness appointment and see how wellness services can benefit your life. Contact us for details
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