Liz Gardner

I decided to become a doula as soon as I realized I could actually nurture people for a living! When I celebrated a significant birthday in 2015, I went into soul-searching overdrive; after 20 years in retail management and sales, I realized that the only parts of my job I truly loved were the parts that involved supporting my employees and being kind to people. A few months later, I had left my job behind and was beginning my doula training at Bastyr University. I trained as both a birth doula and as a postpartum doula. I am now honored to be able to support moms and their partners throughout their perinatal journey, helping them create beautiful and empowered memories of their births, and guiding them as they adjust to new parenthood; it is by far the best job I could imagine.

As a birth doula, my primary role is to help each mom have the best possible birth experience, as she defines it. When I am supporting a birthing mom, I take on her wishes and values as my own, and I help her to be understood. I help her be comfortable, I help her partner be as involved as he or she desires, and I help them adjust to the unexpected when necessary. Above all, I strive to be a continuous source of kindness, reassurance, encouragement, and love for both mom and partner. As a postpartum doula, I support families around breastfeeding, newborn care and comfort measures, and offer education, companionship, and household support as the family adjusts to a new baby.

I myself am the mom of two grown-up boys, Gabriel and Milo. My own two birth stories taught me how important it is to have loving, nonjudgemental, and consistent support throughout labor and delivery and beyond. In my pre-doula life I lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and I moved to Seattle in early 2014. In my free time, I am likely either doing a crossword puzzle or reading some riveting non-fiction while drinking tea, and quite possibly in a tent! I am currently serving on the Board of the Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS). I am a member of the Swedish Hospital Doula Program and owner of Capable Hands Doula Care.