Levena Ostergaard Doula
Birth and postpartum doula, daughter, sister, aunt, ally to young people, holder of tiny hands, nurturer, music-lover, baker, writer, lifelong learner
Hello, parents and soon-to-be-parents! My name is Levena. I've worked in childcare for the past 5+ years and am excited to be making my transition into the doula world!
I have worked in the homes of a number of families offering postpartum support. I believe that the postpartum period is a crucial time for new family bonding, and I’m happy to offer whatever is needed to help facilitate that process—whether it’s offering moral support or a shoulder to cry on, holding the baby while you take a nap, or tackling that pile of laundry that’s been growing in the corner. I have years of experience with children ages 0-11, and I can also offer focused time with older siblings while parents are understandably absorbed with the newest member of the family.
My approach is rooted in compassion and patience. The significance of the transition from pregnancy to parenthood is often-overlooked. I believe that extra support can help empower new parents to embrace and feel confident in their shifting roles, as well as help families with older children adjust to adding another member.
In addition to my postpartum work, I’m also entering the world of being a birth doula. I feel a deep connection with birth and find it to be a miraculous process. While still at the beginning of my journey as a birth doula, I am excited to help birthing people and their partners navigate this sacred experience through the joys and challenges that may arise.
The more I work with new families the more inspired I become. I feel very lucky to be on this career path.
CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.
Q. WHEN DID YOU ANSWER YOUR CALLING?
I did not necessarily expect to become a doula, especially as someone who has not yet given birth. But through my time in childcare I encountered multiple doulas and felt intrigued by their work. Through individual research and exploration, I began to recognize a deep pull within me toward helping birthing people and new parents. I felt that I must continue down this path, and the further down it I have gone, the more inspired I’ve become. I look forward to continuing the journey.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Q. WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR CAREER?
One of the most rewarding processes in my life and career in childcare has been getting to witness the evolution of children from babies to toddlers to “big kids” who run, dance and sing. As a postpartum doula, I have gotten to see a similar evolution in parents as they come to feel more confident in their roles. As a birth doula, I loved getting to speak to other people during my training who were also embarking on this career. But one of the most special experiences for me was attending my nephew’s birth. It was truly life-changing: from the planning beforehand to being there day of, and now in the aftermath of his birth, getting to know him and re-know my brother and sister-in-law in their roles as parents.
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"Even more than the practical care that she offered to us, I will never forget the genuine kindness and compassion she gave us at every juncture." -Laurie