Training & Testimonies

{Training, Affiliations, and Experience}

I have been a DONA trained birth doula since June 2016.

In May 2017 I attended a Spinning Babies training presented by Gail Tully.

I am certified in HypnoBirthing Support Techniques as of June 2018.

Former intern at the Minnesota Birth Center from September 2016 – May 2017

Associate Member of the Childbirth Collective

Training on herbal remedies for mother and baby, pregnancy, and postpartum from Erin Piorier, Registered Herbalist

I have taken two breastfeeding education courses and two additional childbirth education classes as part of my own preparation for childbirth and then again as preparation to be a doula.  I have experience attending births at homes, birth centers, and hospitals.  I’ve supported women during vaginal and cesarean births as well as during unmedicated and medicated births.  I draw from my training, personal experience, and the knowledge from the greater birth community in the Twin Cities to serve the families I work with.

{Testimonies}

“We chose to work with Laura after meeting her at a doula speed dating event. We opened up to her immediately and the way she responded made us feel very comfortable so we knew we would be in good hands if we worked with her. We loved that we could laugh with her – that was important to us. We needed someone who could be serious and supportive, but also who got our sense of humor. Laura is a sweet, positive spirit with a lot of knowledge and a calming presence. She really cares about the family she is working with and wants to get to know them and support them in the best way she can. I was impressed with how encouraging she was but also with how she validated our fears & feelings. As a parent herself she really “gets it”. Laura has a way of making you feel strong, at peace, and prepared (well… as prepared as you can be for birth and a new baby!). Our labor and delivery was a long one and Laura was actually unable to be with us at the start (as she was with another client), but she sent along her backup and then, as soon as she could, Laura joined us. I was nervous at first when I found out she couldn’t come right away but Laura’s backup is equally wonderfully and in the end we loved the opportunity to work with both of them, as they brought different things/skill sets to the table.

What we loved best about having a doula is that they are able to read the room and see what you need, maybe even before you know what that is. They know when to be vocal and hands on, but also when you need them to step back and give you space. They are very invested in the experience, in you and your partner/family, and the new baby that arrives. I still chat with Laura from time to time and am happy for the connection we made. If you need a doula, you cannot go wrong with Laura, she is an amazing choice (and person)!!”

{Megan C.}

“I had a wonderful birth experience with Laura in the fall of 2016. My husband and I decided to work with Laura because we felt comfortable wit her calm and intelligent demeanor almost instantly! She made us feel empowered as a team and capable of bringing our baby into the world.

At 34 weeks we found out that our son was breech. Laura provided emotional support as I grappled with the possibility (and eventual reality) of a cesarean birth instead of an unmedicated natural birth. Laura helped us find information about baby flipping, and even attended my ECV where an OB tried to flip our baby head down. It was SO valuable for us to have her at the ECV! She had a calm and peaceful presence and helped both of us stay grounded before, during, and after the procedure. She also helped us with questions to ask the OB as the cesarean was put on the calendar.

Laura attended our son’s birth via cesarean section at the end of November. The two hours between arriving at the hospital and the procedure beginning were extremely stressful for me and I can’t imagine how Luke and I would have gotten through it without Laura with us and on our team. During the surgery Laura took AMAZING pictures that I am incredibly grateful to have! Luke was free to support me completely with Laura supporting both of us. Laura stayed with us in the recovery room and was very helpful as we started breastfeeding. She is knowledgeable, gentle, and knows when to step in and when to hold back. The postpartum visit with Laura was a lifesaver on our first night home from the hospital. She helped us settle in and feel capable of beginning our new family at home when we were feeling extremely daunted.

I would highly recommend working with Laura!”

{Laura O.}

“When my wife and I found out we were pregnant we found out there were many decisions to make. Where would we have the baby at? Who would be our doctor? Where were we going to do birth classes? And the list goes on. Then the conversation turned to the topic of the doula. We both decided that we wanted one and that we would see if we find someone who lined up with our values and had a passion for her profession. My wife and I looked at a list of doula’s separately and came back to each other with our respective choices on who we’d choose. We both chose Laura. And I must say that it was a fantastic decision.

Laura’s passion for the mothers and babies who she works with is incredible. Her knowledge about childbirth is expansive and we felt the love she has for both mother and child. When the day came for our son to enter the world, Laura was there. She came with a heart full of love and a body full of energy and helped my wife tremendously. (Her presence gave me a break too!) There were times during the labor when I wondered what we would have done without her. Now after the labor I realize that we lucked out with our choice of Laura. She’s a rock. She’s the kind of person you feel comfortable with and you know that you can trust her suggestions during the labor (as she has four children of her own!).

Laura Griffis exceeded all of our expectations and we will forever be grateful for her. We’re thankful for everything she did for us throughout the process and I know that if you decide to have Laura be your doula you will have the same feelings toward her that we do.”

{Brady L.}

“Sometimes the dad needs a doula as much as moms. I did the Bradley class and it was helpful but I still found having Laura there to be a real help for me as a husband to know what to do when, and also to be able to take a break once in a while.

I didn’t realize how much hard work labor was going to be for me. I knew it would be hard for my wife, but it took a lot out of me. I was thankful to have Laura there to carry some of the load.

Laura was someone I could go to with questions, she reminded me of things on our birth plan to address with the medical staff, and also reminded me to eat and drink. I might have fainted, and missed the birth of my son if I wouldn’t have had her there to help me stay healthy and hydrated.”

{Joshua B.}

“Laura has been a solid source of support and guidance as my husband, Aaron, and I brought our first child, Lila, into the world and have been adjusting to coming parents. Her visits during the last weeks of my pregnancy helped us to prepare for labor, and she prompted us to think about things – like a game plan for dealing with my early labor and like nutrition and healing during the fourth trimester – in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise done.

When were were most grateful for Laura’s calm, positive presence was during my last bit of laboring at home and during the final stages of labor at the birth center. At home, I was somewhat stalled, doing most of my contractions in the same position and refusing Aaron’s attempts to get me to move. When Laura arrived, her confidence and gentle persistence earned my compliance and after a couple of hours of laboring in different positions, it was time to drive to the birth center. I’m not sure we would have realized that I was ready to go in, given that my contractions never had a regular rhythm, and we were so glad to be able to trust Laura’s judgment that it was time to call the midwife.

At the birth center, I continued to be grateful for her presence and affirmations. She took some great photos (which I wasn’t sure I wanted by am now really glad to have) and stayed by my side, always encouraging me.

I know not everyone is cut out to be a doula, but Laura has the perfect demeanor for this important role. She is gentle, caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, supportive, and unobtrusive. I couldn’t recommend her more lightly.”

{Jessica C.}

“This was my first birth and I was so grateful to have Laura by my side.

Highlights:

She is easy to trust in the midst of your most vulnerable experiences
She is capable without being pushy
She has a gentle, calming presence
She can work well in a room full of people

I tend to not like having people I don’t know involved in such intimate experiences, but I found myself feeling immediately safe and at ease with Laura. She is easy to trust, and is great at finding the balance between guiding and standing back and waiting…she was never pushy but always right there and gently helpful.

She also handled the many people in my birth room well! My mother, sister, and husband all attended my birth. Because of this I almost didn’t choose to have a doula, but I’m so glad I did. She worked well with them and was able to also help them know how to help me.

As a mother herself, Laura was also able to give me some thoughts on what is “normal” newborn life. As a first time mom this was a blessing.

I definitely recommend Laura without reservation!”

{Amy B.}

To read additional kind words from families I’ve served, please visit my Doula Match page.