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Misty Gigler, (DONA) Certified Birth Doula

The Support You Deserve

As your Doula, I will work by your side as you prepare to give birth; present in each moment with a spirit of love and compassion.  I will provide the emotional, educational and physical support you need not only during labor, but throughout your pregnancy and postpartum as well.
Misty Gigler is not affiliated with North Dallas Doula Associates.

 

 Misty Gigler, (DONA) Certified Birth Doula

Why I’m a Doula

The experience of pregnancy and birth has evolved over the years, especially in today’s modern era. I believe that the need for caring, sensitive and knowledgeable support during this time is becoming more and more apparent. I see every pregnancy and birth as a miracle and as a certified doula, I feel honored to be able to contribute my expertise to women and families in the greater Dallas area.
I have been married to my best friend since 1995 and have been blessed with two amazing boys.  Through my own journey with childbirth and motherhood I realized my calling in this world is to be a doula.  I look back on my birth experiences and wish I had been more informed.  My first son was born at the age of 24 and I knew the bare minimum about childbirth.  My own mother had passed away and the only information I got was from my work colleagues at the time.  I wish that I had had the internet!  At the time, you went to the hospital, asked no questions and assumed your doctor had your best interest at heart.  My doctor explained to me that I was a few days past my due date and that meant I needed to be induced.  I went to the hospital the next morning and was told that an epidural was the best way to do it.  I agreed thinking that they were giving me the best advice.  Thank goodness I did not have any complications.  I had a stern nurse that did things to my body without asking and acted like I was doing something wrong the whole time.  She did not listen to me or care how I was feeling for that matter.  Afterward I felt as though I had been hit by a truck and the recovery was long. I was left to figure out breastfeeding on my own.
By the time my second child was on the way I was determined to have a different experience.  I wanted a natural childbirth.  I went to childbirth classes and read every book I could get my hands on.  I decided the only way to get the experience that I wanted was to have a home birth with a Midwife.  In 2003 the hospitals did not allow midwives and were frowned upon.  I thought that by having a midwife I would be coached and nurtured through the process in the comfort of my own home.  In the end, my birth experience was fantastic but it was hard.  My midwife was an exceptional caregiver and I felt very well taken care of as far as my health and my baby's.  
My misconception of having a midwife was that they are there to make sure that everything is medically fine.  Their responsibility is not your emotional well being.  During labor I felt as though the people in my birth space were staring at me from the corner of the room while I was left alone to figure out how to deal with everything.  There was no one telling me that I was doing a good job, suggesting positions so the surges wouldn't be so intense, and helping me focus.  No one even thought to help get my crazy hair out of my face.  They were all staring with huge eyes that scared me at the time.  After my son was born at 3AM everyone went home, my husband went to sleep and I was wide awake from the euphoria  of having just gone through a momentous journey.  My husband was there for me as much as he possibly could have been but I was left having minimal emotional support.  It was through this experience that I wanted to fill this void for other women in childbirth.  I put my passion on hold to raise my boys.  Once they became teenagers I went back to work.  I loved working but felt that I was not fulfilling my passion and calling.  I decided it was time and became a certified doula with DONA.
My goal is to help women feel empowered, educated, and in control over what is happening to their body as well as her baby's during childbirth.  My experience in having both a medicated induced hospital birth and a home birth with a midwife, I understand the challenges and benefits to both choices.  I am non-judgemental and support any and all choices you make as a parent as long as it is safe.  I believe childbirth is a profound and powerful time in a woman's life.  My goal is to support what you want your birth experience to be.  I strive to be a source of comfort, knowledge, and be your cheerleader.  Birth is an event in a woman's life that deserves to be handled with care, respect, and compassion.  Every birth is different and special.  I will guide you through your options all while helping you have the birth you desire.  Birth is a natural event that our bodies are made for.  I believe every woman should have a doula where you are continually supported by a compassionate team of people that listen to your needs, is trained and deeply cares for you and your baby's well being.  I work with doctors and midwives in hospitals, birth centers, and home births.  I love what I do and look forward to meeting your expanding family.  I will be honored to be included in your birth space.

 

My Services

How I Assist

As a respected Doula, I pride myself in providing you and your partner with care, understanding, information and support throughout, during, and after the birthing process. Our initial meeting will help me tailor my packages to fit your needs, as every pregnancy is different. To schedule an initial consultation, or to learn more about my practice, please contact me.

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Continuous support

I am available for questions and concerns from the time you hire me, not just the last 4 weeks.

After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family, available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.

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2 Prenatal visits

Together we will go through your wishes, fears, and questions.  I will also give you exercises to do at home to help your baby be in the optimal position for birth.

After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family, available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.

Expectant Couple

Birthing Guidance

I am on call beginning at 36 weeks or when labor starts whichever is earlier.  Continuous support via phone, text, email.  I will come to you when you feel you need me.  I will be with you for the entirety of your labor and help establish breastfeeding if you wish.

Get extra personal support throughout the entirety of your birthing journey. As a Doula, I promise to offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during, and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and offer anything needed.

Mother and Baby

Postpartum Support

1 postpartum visit.  Each client has different needs and we will discuss your specific needs.  We will also go over your birth experience to process at this time.

From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and delivery, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs. I’m always available to contact by phone/email throughout and will provide everything you require to make sure your experience is as calm and positive as possible.

 

Reviews

I felt so safe as you guided me through my birth every step of the way.

Katie

 
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"You are pregnant and you are powerful.  You are bold and you are beautiful.  Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness.  Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women will be with you.

 

Contact

Allen TX United States 75002

(972) 971-2102

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