Mental Health Doula
Any new journey we embark on begs a very particular focus and support, both internal and external. No journey has the quality or depth of demands on our spirit and mind more then the journey into and through mothering. We invite you to use this service as a wayside in what can be a dizzying passage through your time as new mother or parent. Rest in knowing that there is someone… someplace you can go to realign yourself and concentrate on nurturing yourself.
Perhaps you’re feeling isolated in this foreign land of parenthood. Maybe you don’t recognize yourself as the person you knew yourself to be. Maybe you’re feeling distanced from your partner or you don’t know how to talk with your friends through your sleepless fog and mountain of diapers. Perhaps your baby feeding journey has unfolded differently than you expected.
Maybe you’ve had a major life event coincide with the birth of your new little one and are having trouble navigating the depths of these multiple experiences. Maybe you need to devise and implement some baby care systems that help your daily life to flow more smoothly. Perhaps you experienced a miscarriage and need a place free from stigma to talk through the emotional and physical grief.
Whatever your moment in this journey, whatever your specific needs for emotional and/or practical support, whatever the story that brought you to this point on your path, or the road ahead, you have a safe place and a willing listener. You have a woman, doula, mother, and burgeoning therapist to, with genuine presence and a singular concern for you, be witness to your experience and help you map the journey forward.
This service offers you tailored support as you walk your mothering and parenting path and craft yourself in to the loved and nurtured being that can better infuse that love and nurturance into your family and world.
Juanita Sawyer (Nita) lives in a Minnesota in a community surrounded by the waters of the Mississippi River. She is mother and student of a wonderful little human named Ebie. Her path as doula guided her to the specialty of Mental Health doula as well as immersed her in a graduate program to obtain licensure as a therapist. This particular interested in the mental health of new mothers and families stems from an acknowledgment seeded in her time as birth and postpartum doula that there is a great need for a specific attention to the mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation in those times. The pace of parenthood seldom gives us space for the intentional pause and reflection that such a tender and dynamic time deserves.
With that spirit, Juanita shifted her practice to accommodate those distinct needs. Besides offering genuine listening and support, Nita loves nerding out with a good podcast, gardening, exploring the world with her baby, long walks, and cooking for friends.