About Lori Hand

Your Doula in Massachusetts
and Southern New Hampshire

I’m so happy that you’ve decided to look into the services a doula can offer, and I’m equally happy that you’ve arrived at my About Me page.

When you choose a doula, you’re choosing someone who will guide you through childbirth. Giving birth is, of course, a very personal, emotional experience. You want someone by your side–and on your side– who shares your goals and who understands your needs. You want someone you feel comfortable with.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself, what motivates me, and why I decided to become a doula.

First of all, I’m a nurturer by nature. I have been, pretty much, all my life. I’ve always loved little kids and loved taking care of babies. When I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to babysit. I started looking after neighborhood kids when I was 11 years old. I didn’t know what the word nurturer meant, but I knew that I liked doing it.

Same thing with being a doula. Do you know how you feel when you just know you’ve made the right decision? I felt that way when I learned about being a doula.

It all happened, really, by accident. I was talking with a friend, who mentioned that his friend, Tara, had become a doula, and she absolutely loved what she was doing.

What’s a doula? I asked. He explained how doulas offer support for a mother, from pregnancy through delivery, and beyond. He talked about how joyful his friend Tara found the work. He put me in touch with her, and we talked for almost an hour. I was enthralled.

Something clicked. By the time I got off the phone with Tara, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

I’m now a trained doula working toward my certification, and I’m thrilled!

Lori Hand Doula Services
Lori Hand Doula Services

Looking back on my career before becoming a doula, though, I realize that helping people, especially children, and being a nurturer, has been at the core of almost everything that I’ve done for a living.

After I got married in the 1990s, and my daughter was born, I wanted to be at home with her, but my husband and I could not afford that luxury. So I did the next best thing. I got a job working at her daycare center so I could be closer to her. That also gave me the opportunity to work with infants, from six weeks old up to pre-kindergarten, and I loved doing that! The center also had a pre-K through seventh-grade school, so I interacted with parents and teachers as well as the children. I worked there until my daughter went to public school.

Once she was in school, I began working in the corporate world, starting as an admin. My role was to support those around me in my department. In order to be a good admin, you have to have a nurturing personality, because your job essentially is nurturing and supporting the people around you. Whether it was helping onboard a new employee, keeping department records, working with other departments, creating spreadsheets, or organizing an event, my job was to make somebody else’s job easier so they could be more successful in the company.

To be honest, I wish I knew about doulas when I gave birth to my daughter. I wasn’t in active labor very long–and my delivery was a little more than two hours — but having someone by my side, making me comfortable, and making me feel secure because she knew how to support me, and how to let me know that having a baby was joyous, and, most of all, letting me know that everything was going smoothly, would have eased my mind considerably, especially with how fast things seemed to happen.

It was the middle of the night, and I felt pretty much alone, even though my then-husband was with me and there was a doctor and a nurse present. My husband hadn’t been through this before, of course, and neither he nor I knew what to expect. It was a little bit scary, to be honest. I delivered a beautiful baby girl, who has grown up to be a wonderful adult. But no one was there working with me, as a doula would have done, making me feel comfortable, and working to ease my mind.

Now that I know of doulas and the great benefits of having one, I have worked hard to become one so that I can work with expecting persons and their partners and aid them to have the most wonderful experience possible. It is nothing short of a miracle to have a baby, and being there to help you is a privilege and honor.

Outside of my doula work, I enjoy working in my flower gardens and yard, riding my bicycle, kayaking, and spending as much time with my family and friends as possible. I am owned by two cats and they keep me on my toes. Both are rescue cats with totally different personalities. My daughter Alyssa designed my logo and my good friend Maureen Brady Lamoureux took my photos. I am very grateful to them for their talents and time.

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Contact Me

I’m so happy that you’ve decided to look into the services a doula can offer! Please feel free to reach out to me directly or by filling out the contact form. I will be in touch as soon as possible. 

DoulaAtHand@gmail.com
Phone: 978-604-1279
Tewksbury, MA 01876