GR Birth and Wellness Blog

May 24, 2016


Name: Megan Wall

Children: Sam (3) Anna (1) Jennilee (1)

Occupation: Architect

Place of birth: Spectrum Gerber Memorial in Fremont, Michigan


What were your reasons for hiring a doula? 

 My first baby never turned from his breech position (despite our best efforts!) and I ended up with a cesarean. The experience itself was fine, albeit disappointing, but many of the events leading up to the birth felt very "medicalized." I felt more like a patient or statistic than a healt...

May 10, 2016

Name: Tara Buchler

Children: Kellen, 4.5, and Kendall, almost 2

Occupation: IT Project Manager

Place of Birth: Spectrum Butterworth


1. What were your reasons for hiring a doula? After my son was born via c-section in 2011, I struggled through the postpartum period, both physically and emotionally. In hindsight my son’s birth set the stage for a long and difficult first year of parenting. I decided I wanted to have a more positive experience with my second child and began...

“What if I have to pee?” he asked me, unfamiliar with what his parallel existence under general anesthesia might look like.


“Hm, maybe they’ll put a catheter in,” I mumbled, gazing out the car window at the drizzling morning.


“WHAT! Ew - NO!!” he shouted, literally shuttering at the thought. Yes. He shouted that. He didn’t “exclaim” it, or “blurt” it. It was a shout, filled with stress, anger, and a skosh of indignity.


Now, let’s stop right here to note my husband is n...

It has now been three years since I started this journey of doulahood and something I never expected happened; my very perception of what a postpartum doula does has evolved.


When I began marketing my shiny new business, Over The Moon Doula Services, I talked endlessly about how I could come into my clients homes to help them. I could hold their baby so they could nap, I could wash their dishes or start a load of laundry or even walk their dog. Of course I also mention...

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GR Birth and Wellness is a collective of practitioners deeply committed to supporting maternal wellness in the childbearing year. Massage therapists hold current state licenses in good standing, while doulas are certified or actively pursuing certification through the respected third-party organization, DONA International.

We provide non-judgmental support to families with a wide variety of circumstances and preferences, including hospital & home births. 

GR Birth and Wellness serves families in West Michigan including Greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon, and Fremont.

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