Ariana Riegel

doula and newborn

So new and so little!

Hello! My name is Ariana. I am a doula and childbirth educator serving Southeast Michigan.For me, birth work offers an opportunity to support families (whatever shape they take) as they grow, and to help women and their birth partners feel empowered to navigate the multitude of choices available to them.  It is important for me that women feel informed and affirmed during their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum whatever their personal journey ends up being.

The birth experiences that I have been fortunate to bear witness to have ranged from sprint to marathon, and from 100% unmedicated/natural labors to labors marked by a variety of medical interventions (both chosen and required). Through each birth I am struck by how amazingly strong mothers and their partners are and how incredibly important it is that families feel listened to and respected all along the way. Whether you are hoping for a unmedicated labor,  an epidural, a surgical birth, a hospital birth, or a home birth, it is important to me that you feel trusted, honored, and cared for.

My formal doula-journey began when  I moved back to Michigan and started work in Detroit. It doula rcontractions affirmationswas at this time that I met Katy, and began to explore becoming a doula. The idea of serving as witness and companion during this major moment in the life of a family appealed to me on a very basic level.

I first trained as a doula in January 2012, through Doulas Care. It wasn’t until 2014 that I was able to attend my first birth. Since then, I haven’t looked back. The limitless love and support in the room as my friend and first client labored her baby into the world was astounding. I knew that I needed to continue to do this work, and serve families during this amazing transitional moment.

I am constantly growing in my knowledge and abilities, and am strongly committed to continuing my education as a doula and strengthening my ability to support families. Since my initial training I have attended many trainings and workshops to bolster and expand my skills. These have included but are not limited to: use of the rebozo for pregnancy and labor, neonatal resuscitation, and natural remedies every doula should now.

IMG_8078I live in Ypsilanti with my partner and our two cats, Wynnifred and Crono. I’ve lived in the area for most of my life with an all too brief stint in the Twin Cities for college. My first introduction to birth, besides my own, was attending the birth of my youngest brother when I was ten. Since beginning this work as a doula I have had the privilege of seeing many more families welcome their babies. When I am not talking about pregnancy, labor, birth and babies as a birth and postpartum doula I am working as a graduate assistant and studying to earn my Masters of Social Work.

In my free time I volunteer with a local organization called Dedicated to Make a Change where I help facilitate teen led sexuality education. I also love to knit, read, and bake.

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