Ursula is not only a certified childbirth educator, but is also a birth doula, a birth assistant, a doula trainer, and a mother of two teenage boys. Known for her easy laughter, radiant energy and knowledge of the birthing woman; to say that she is an inspiration is an understatement.
She is a true believer in honoring women’s bodies and the natural process, Ursula not only inspires her students to better understand how choices affect well-being, but she takes the mind-body connection to a whole new level with her practice as a birth worker. Ursula has personally worked with thousands of women during the birthing process.
With this passion, she owns and runs Birth You Desire where you can find a list of doula training, childbirth classes, TENS rentals, workshops and speaking engagements in the DC Metro area as well as choose a doula to support you at your birth.
Ursula’s sons are going to college this fall University of Pittsburg & St Mary’s College of MD. She loves German Shepard dogs and her current dog’s name is Ohana Koa (called Koa, ko-ko, or when bad… Ko-ko loco). She is an avid gardener & hiker in her spare time.
Our Restore Motion Friend, Ursula Sukinik, doula and entrepreneur of Birth You Desire, suggests how to stack the deck for an uneventful vaginal delivery. Adapted from her BYD blog below, are 10 easy ways to avoid and reduce your cesarean risk.
- Prepare yourself. Take a comprehensive childbirth class, learn your choices.
- Practice good body mechanics through out your pregnancy.
- Have a supportive and educated labor partner. Your partner is your anchor. No matter how wonderful your birth team is they cannot replace the love and security you have from your partner.
- Let baby come when they are ready, avoid unnecessary inductions and subsequent interventions.
- Build a tool kit of coping methods and practice them. Relaxation is the cornerstone to spontaneous birth.
- Labor at home as long as possible with provider permission when applicable.
- Avoid continuous monitoring when at your birth place if possible. If continuous monitoring is necessary ask for a wireless monitoring to facilitate coping skills.
- Use medications and interventions wisely. There are many tools for labor and they all have their place.
- Labor upright and change positions frequently whenever possible. An active mother is an active baby.
- Consider hiring a professional Doula to assist you in your birth.
Adapted from intellectual property of Ursula Sabia Sukinik/Birth You Desire. Used with permission. Do not reproduce or distribute without written permission from owner. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.