Birthing Gently was established in 2002 by Tara Poulin / Founder, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) as a solo practice. Since then Birthing Gently has grown into a multi-doula practice specializing in high risk deliveries. Our original Doula practice was established in Boston, MA and has expanded into Southern NH and NYC. We can be identified at births by our logo on our unique navy blue uniform shirt. Our team at Birthing Gently is committed to providing affordable care to expecting and new families. We provide a nurturing environment for learning during pregnancy and beyond. Our mission is to promote maternal and fetal well-being. We provide an unbiased approach to our expecting families no matter what the plan for birth might be (i.e. Natural, Medicated or Cesarean Section).
Between 2002 - 2011 we provided Birth Doula services to 550 families, Postpartum Doula Services to 210 families, Childbirth education to 7200 families, & Trained over 750 Birth Doulas. We are listed as a doula resource for Brigham & Women's Hospital Boston.
Many of our birth doulas have trained directly under Tara Poulin through our DONA International approved birth Doula Workshops. We offer a group of highly trained & experienced birth doulas, or for a significantly lower rate you can work with one of our trained Birth doulas through our Apprentice Doula program.
Tara Poulin is a DONA International certified Doula, and has trained with DONA International co-founder, Penny Simkin, to become a DONA International approved Birth Doula Trainer. She is currently offering these several three day workshops to train professional labor assistants
"I have observed many Birthing Gently doulas working with my patients who have epidural anesthesia and/or need a cesarean delivery. I have always been impressed with the maturity and professionalism offered by this team of doulas. They truly understand the importance of proper emotional support, reassurance and education, not only in healthy patients but also those who may have medical complications of pregnancy. Many patients with epidural anesthesia still need the type of assistance that a doula can provide, and I am always confident that Birthing Gently doulas will work appropriately within the medical system for the benefit of the patient, her family, and her newborn."
-Dr. William Camann M.D. Director, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston
"It has always been my experience that my patients are very pleased with the care they are given from the Doulas of Birthing Gently. I think the name Birthing Gently speaks a lot to me because I have continually felt while working with the Doulas that their approach to the whole birth process it Gentle and open to what the patient wants but also what the doctors and nurses need to give the best care to the family. I enjoy working with the Doulas and I also appreciate knowing that my patients will be well cared for if I am not in the room at all times."
-Kathy Trainor R.N. IBCLC Labor & Delivery nurse and lactation consultant, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston
I just wanted to check in and let you know Myrna did an AMAZING job with our birth. My main hopes were to have a very quiet and calm birth experience and completely engage my husband as a partner. She kept us calm the whole time and let us know at each step what was happening. She was great at engaging him in helping, too. I felt the whole experience was much paced, and all my wishes were respected. Also, the nurses could not say enough about her. They said she was a joy, a delight, and a charm. They asked where on earth we found her! She worked with them as a team. It was really a phenomenal experience, and I credit her with that. Thank you so much!"
"We had the very good fortune to get to know a talented doula, Tara Poulin, who first broached the idea of a family-centered cesarean. When we learned we would have to have a cesarean, we asked Tara to help us make sure we could have a family-centered one. She called Dr. Camann, who came in on his day off and made sure everyone was on the same page. While we were disappointed that she could not carry them to term and could not have a vaginal delivery, the family-centered cesarean helped us better experience the birth of our children."
"Mavis was wonderful beyond words and stayed with me and my husband for the entire time, from Saturday 7:00 p.m. to Tuesday (!) 2:30 a.m. Her devotion to me, to our baby, and to the process was outstanding, and her patience, knowledge, and care were far more than I could have expected. That she did it all with a continual joy and smile was astounding. Thank you again for everything."
"Dr. Camann worked closely with my doula Tara Poulin to minimize my anxiety and to reassure me about medication and he helped our wonderful OB set up a clear viewing shield by which we could actually see the birth of our son as it happened. A miracle and a blessing- a moment we will never forget and are eternally grateful for. Thanks to the work led by Dr. Camann and Kathy, my doctor and my doula Tara Poulin, there was an experience of joy in the OR- there was confidence, celebration, photos, and the miracle of birth."
"Hi Tara, I thought the Childbirth class was excellent. It answered all of my questions. The teacher was super knowledgeable and made the whole experience very comfortable for everything. I really appreciated that we were able to cover so much information in one session. I have a very busy schedule, so going to multiple classes would have been difficult. Thanks again for offering this! All the best, Dee King"×