• Birth & Postpartum Doula
    Birth & Postpartum Doula since 1997, providing compassionate and loving care to families no matter where you choose to give birth. Also offering professional birth photography. Located in Lynnwood, WA. Serving Snohomish County, the Eastside, Seattle, and surrounding Metro cities.

About Sindea

 Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit more about me, Sindea (said like Cindy), my business, and what I do. Sit back, relax, and take a few minutes to learn more about my unique photography and doula care business. Below, so that we are not total strangers, you will see a recent portrait of myself and my children, along with a lovely image from my recent wedding. And then scroll down and learn more about the person that you are inviting to be a part of intimate moments in your life…

With my beautiful children, and my grandson, on Alki Beach

Sindea and her children, Alki Beach

Having a good time on my wedding day!

Sindea and husband, Randy, Alki

About Sindea, as a doula…

I would love to share with you a little bit about my journey to becoming a doula. This begins over 19 years ago, when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I spent a large amount of time on bed rest trying to keep the little guy from arriving too early. During this time I was thinking about how I loved being a photographer, and yet I knew there was something more I was supposed to be doing with my career and life. I had seriously considered becoming an English teach while I was in college, but realized after a few quarters as an English major that this was not the right path for me. So, while on bed rest I read everything I could to prepare me for childbirth and becoming a mother to my son. In all this reading I learned about birth doulas, and immediately knew that was what I had been looking for! I was able to have 2 wonderful doulas at the birth of my son, Raiden. One was an experienced doula, and the other was a fresh- out -of her- training doula. After my great experience with them, I knew without a doubt that this was one of my main callings in life: to become a Birth Doula.

When my oldest son was just over a year old I took my first training, under the direction of the wonderful Penny Simkin, in 1997. I attended my first births that year, and have attended over 400 since then. I enjoy working with families from all different backgrounds and interests, and am more than happy to support you no matter where you choose to give birth: hospital, home, birth center. I would love to talk with you more to get to know you and what your needs and desires are, to see if we may be a good fit.

In 2002 I attended my first postpartum doula training in Portland, OR through an organization called CAPPA. Since then I have served over 100 families as a postpartum doula, helping to ease the transition into parenthood in whatever way I possibly can. I am also a Certified Lactation Educator and have been a La Leche League certified peer counselor in the past. I have served on the board of Postparum Support International of Washington State, and volunteered on their warm line offering support to parents dealing with a variety of postpartum dood disorders. In 2003 I trained with Birthing From Within to become a mentor (similar to childbirth educator). I enjoy continuing education!

Please use the contact form on this site to inquire of my availability for your due date. If you would prefer, feel free to give me a call instead: 425-879-8201.

What is a Doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.Some of the benefits of having a doula attended birth include:

Shorter labors
Less complicated labors
Less need for interventions
Less need for drugs for pain management
Babies tend to be more alert leading to easier initiation of breastfeeding
A greater sense of satisfaction of the birth experience for both mothers and  partners

As a Photographer…

I am one of those photographers who can honestly say that I have had a love of photography since I was old enough to hold a camera. I believe that first camera was an old 110, or maybe it was a 126. I do not quite recall, I was a mere 5 years old! I can still recall living in beautiful West Virginia at the time, and feeling like everything around me was beautiful, and wishing I could capture it on film, so I would have a photograph to remember it by. I remember my mom commenting once, years ago, that I saw everything as if it were a photograph, I saw everything as if I were looking through a lens. I moved on to the fabulous disk camera when I was 10 (that was an awful invention!), and finally in high school as a yearbook editor at my high school in Louisiana, I was able to really take off with my first 35 mm camera, the infamous Pentax K1000. By then, I was purely in love with the camera and photographing everyone and everything around me.

Fast forward to my adult years, I have been able to put my love of photography to good use, by starting my own business 18 years ago, and have been going non-stop ever since. I tend to like a fairly clean look in portraits, and love being able to capture the beauty of those I am photographing- because I see beauty in everyone, and want to be able to help my clients be able to see it in themselves. Throughout this site, you will see my style is a mix of candid lifestyle interactions, and posed portraits. Enjoy!

 

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