MEET TORI HARTMANN
Making Childbirth a Healthy and Safe Experience
Hi there! I'm Tori B, CD, PCD (DONA).
After supporting my sister through her third birth in 2017, my whole world changed to how fascinating and beautiful the birth world can be! And immediately, my pursuit to find my groove in the community began! I started my journey into birth work as a nursing student at Three Rivers Community College. I started in the nursing program and had planned to be a labor & delivery nurse to eventually a midwife but decided the medical field wasn't for me right now. I ended up graduating with my Associate's Degree in General Studies May 2020 and pursuing doula work!
Being a doula is a passion of mine that goes beyond "just a profession". Growing up with a multiracial, I’ve seen the differences with access to medical care, evidence based knowledge and advocation for Indigenous peoples and POC. Every mother and family deserves the right to bodily autonomy. Bodily autonomy is the right to make decisions over one’s own life and future. It is your empowerment to make informed choices. BIPOC mothers and families deserve to have equal treatment and opportunity for their birth experience. My goal as a doula is to help inform mothers of their options and teach them to feel confident in their parenting decisions/skills. All mothers deserve support and to feel heard! Birth work isn’t just witnessing the miracle of birth, it is an act of social justice, taking back the knowledge and power of the female body.
I have attended a DONA birth doula training workshop by Tara Campbell, CD, BDT(DONA), LCCE, in Spring 2020. That was followed by a DONA postpartum doula and breastfeeding training by Ann Grauer, AdvCD/AdvPCD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC, RLC. After a year of unexpected twists and turns worldwide, I officially became a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA International's program over Summer 2021. I'm always increasing my knowledge with books and plan to continue my education with workshops throughout the years to come. As I am expecting my first child in October 2022, I'm currently not taking on clients. I will post on my Instagram page when my books are open again, likely in Spring 2023, so keep an eye out! If you are in need of local doula referrals, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
I have assisted multiple families through birth and postpartum. Every families needs are different and holding space to allow you to customize our work for your needs is my goal. Many things are even more uncertain during COVID-19 times. I am vaccinated and will be wearing a mask at all times during any in person sessions. As I am unable to predict future changes in hospital policies due to COVID-19, I do my best to prepare my families for all circumstances, help them gain confidence in their knowledge and offer support from a virtual platform.
If you have any questions, please contact me by email for a free consultation!
HOW A DOULA HELPS
Doula is a word with Greek origins meaning “a woman who serves.”
Today, a doula refers to a labor companion - a trained professional who will provide the emotional, physical and informational support before, during and after childbirth. A doula does not support the medical needs during labor, but research shows that having a doula as a member of the birth team lowers the overall cesarean rate by 50%, requests for an epidural by 60%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and the length of labor by 25%.
Some worry that the doula may take away from the supportive role of the partner, but this is quite the opposite! A doula is trained to not only support the birthing person, but the family and can provide tips and techniques for your partner to help you during labor and postpartum. Most women have a higher chance of reporting a positive birth outcome with a doula as a part of their team!
MY MISSION STATEMENT
As you begin this exciting adventure, Tori Bee Doula Services, LLC is dedicated to providing professional, reliable and compassionate care during pregnancy and the first stages of parenthood. I understand the variety of birthing preferences that exist and want to ensure women and families are able to have the birth experience that resonates with them. With nurturing guidance, educational tools and hands-on assistance, I guarantee personalized support with respect, attention and care throughout your unique journey. It is my honor to work with families and help them bring new life into the world!