Barrie Rein Thunemann
I am a PALS Certified Birth Doula and a Certified Childbirth Educator with both ICEA and Birthing From Within. I have had the privilege to serve families in the Puget Sound area since 2006. My passion is to support new families as they prepare for the challenges of labor, birth and parenting through a heartfelt, holistic, and nonjudgmental approach. I am also trained as a birth story listener through Birthing From Within and enjoy helping parents who have had a difficult or emotionally upsetting birth heal and find a new perspective on their birth experience.
I specialize in working with parents with anxiety or stress, or who have had a previous traumatic or upsetting birth experience. I am happy to support you with whatever preferences work for your birth experience, whether it be a home water birth, in a hospital with a planned epidural, a planned Cesarean or any other type of experience. My focus is always on the birthing parent and their partner to do whatever is needed to move through each step of labor, birth, feeding and new parenting. Some of the ways I like to support parents include the use of visualization, touch and massage, TENS unit usage, essential oils, positioning, movement and dance, storytelling and whatever is called for in the moment to facilitate coping.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys, reading, knitting, traveling, making art, or doing yoga and salsa dance. I look forward to meeting you.