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Eleanor Gray

CLD, CPD
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Hypnobabies Doula

Having two of my own children, both amazing water births at home, taught me the importance of having highly-trained care providers who support evidence-based practices and who nurture birthing people by trusting their bodies to do what they are designed to do—have babies.  I bring this trust into my work with my clients, while at the same time making sure they have the knowledge they need to make their own decisions in the unpredictable world of birth. To do this I offer my clients education in prenatal and postpartum visits, as well as, an extensive library of books, DVDs, and CDs, to help them further their learning and support their journey into parenting.  I work with families to shift their fear around childbirth—which is so prevalent in this culture—into trust and anticipation of birth as an empowering, transformative experience. And I extend this space to breastfeeding and helping parents trust their babies and their own instincts for optimal feeding.

Since 2008 I have worked as a doula—first in Austin, Texas, and now in Denver, CO and the surrounding area.  I trained and am certified through DONA International, the largest training organization in the country, as well as trained as a Hypnobabies doula and a Spinning Babies Parent Educator.  I use my Masters degree in Gender/Cultural Studies to inform my practice and my perspective, while continuing to gain knowledge from clients, new research, and fellow doulas. Also, I consistently add to my training by attending workshops and conferences, including Supporting the Family-Centered Cesarean, Advanced Comfort Measures, Supporting a Woman with an Epidural, Spinning Babies, and Trauma Informed Care.

I enjoy working with all types of birth and families, including those wanting a VBAC, natural, medicated, hospital, home, or water birth.  I’m also happy to work with families expecting multiples or using a surrogate, and I welcome all families including LGBTQIA.  In my postpartum work I specialize in helping families in the initial adjustment and establishing their new normal.

Favorite Pregnancy/ Birth Book?  Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley, MD.  This book epitomizes the combination of gentleness and respect for the profundity of birthing and parenting with research on what we know is best for developing humans.  It explains the need infants have for strong attachments to their parents and why the way we birth does have an impact on us and our babies.

All Time Favorite Book(s)? I almost called my doula practice, The Bookworm Doula, because I read about a book a week.  I LOVE to read. I read non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, YA. I enjoy anything written well with a good story!  Some books I keep around to refer back to and reread includes, Chocolat, A Year of Yes, The Telomere Effect, The Soul of an Octopus, and anything by Anne Lamott  and Brene Brown. I must stop myself from continuing..

How do you spend your free time? Reading, clearly.  And taking my two children to dance classes.  I try to get in good time with my kids, husband, and friends by taking a walk, going to a museum, or playing a board game.  Occasionally I try my hand at gardening, with varying degrees of success. And I confess, I watch TV. I have shows I watch with the kids, and shows I watch with my husband, and shows that I just watch.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Can I cheat and say that I would take a world tour?  I really love to travel. I hope we are able to take our kids to see Spain one day.  That country ignited my love of travel and belief that travel expands our minds and hearts.

If you weren’t doing what you do today (professionally), what would you be doing? Sometimes I dream of being a doctor with Doctors Without Borders.  I think I’d be teaching, training, or caring in a capacity that felt world changing—like I do now.

 

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