Liz Gallant, (she/her/hers), is a birth doula- CD(DONA) , postpartum doula-PCD(DONA), & Childbirth educator-ICCE(ICEA). Liz also holds a MA (Education).
Liz has been supporting women and their partners as a DONA-Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula since 2014, and as a Certified Childbirth Educator since 2018. She and her husband live in Littleton with their four daughters, ages 12-16. Although not native to Colorado, she considers herself semi-native to her favorite state, arriving from California as a 17-year old, thrilled to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. 31 years goes fast!! She went on to earn a Masterś Degree from UC Denver in Education and then taught in a variety of K-8 classrooms in Boulder, Golden, and Littleton. Hiking, yoga, tennis, biking, reading, cooking, baking, meditating, coffee-drinking, and baby-holding, are all at the top of Lizś self-care list…
When pregnant with her first child 17 years ago, Liz learned about the effects that fear, or the absence of it, can have on a womanś labor and delivery. She was fortunate enough to hear of a childbirth education series called Hypnobirthing, taught by a wonderful doula in Boulder.
This 6-week class changed what Liz knew about birth- and inspired her to learn about ways to create her version of an ideal birth, one without fear and limiting beliefs, in order to feel empowered before, during, and after her babyś birthday. It worked! Thankfully, she had decided to hire that same doula, albeit at 39+ weeks, and has been forever changed by the support she provided Liz with in labor. Liz walked away from that experience feeling like Śuper Woman,’ able to do anything she set her mind to… and incredibly grateful to her doula. This feeling still remains today and has greatly impacted Lizś ability to positively contribute- in her roles as mother, step-mother, wife, daughter, friend, doula, and educator.
The effects that our brains have on our bodies, whether birthing a baby or hitting a tennis ball, are beyond significant. Especially in labor, trusting our body, visualizing what we want, and affirming positive expectations, all play into how our labors progress and the way in which our babies are born. Lizś main goal is to help her clients, both birthing people and their partners, feel as fearless as possible about the process of birth, and confident as new parents. Today it is rare for a woman to have the levels of support needed in order to thrive in the postpartum days, weeks and months. It was once commonplace to have extra help and guidance from our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. Not anymore. For this reason, Liz offers postpartum care so that women and their partners can experience more of the joy of caring for their baby(ies), while also recognizing that this path can be rocky and incredibly challenging. Emotional encouragement to new parents is just as critical as any other kind of practical care.
Liz is so grateful to have been drawn to this calling as a doula, offering families many layers of confidence-building support, which can have lasting impacts on growing families.