In this episode, Stephanie interviews Brittany Randolph to talk about the options women have while going through a pregnancy loss, what bereavement doulas do, what physical, mental, and emotional changes happen when going through a loss, how a woman's partner grieves, helpful and hurtful things to do and say to someone going through a loss, resources for moms going through a loss, and more!
Brittany Randolph’s bio:
Brittany Randolph is trained and certified through Stillbirthday as a birth and bereavement doula. She is also trained and certified through DONA as a birth doula and is a Lamaze trained Childbirth Educator. Brittany is also certified with AFPA as a prenatal and postnatal personal trainer.
She has a passion for helping women, especially in the areas of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. She is married to her best friend and husband since 2010, and has 2 daughters who are the lights of their lives.
Brittany has given birth 3 times, and has suffered 6 losses. Her birth experiences include natural birth, epidural,induction and Pitocin augmentation, so she can empathize with women in various labor situations.
As a doula she runs her business by the philosophy of “A doula for every woman who wants one.” This means she is available for all types of birth scenarios, including natural, intervention-free births,water births, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) births, epidural births, home births and c-section births and every birth in between.
[2:15] Steph’s updates
[3:08] Brittany Randolph’s bio
[5:45] What got Brittany interested in doula work
[9:30] What is a bereavement doula?
[12:25] How bereavement doulas work with moms
[14:45] The different types of pregnancy loss
[16:37] The postpartum period after pregnancy loss
[19:22] Brittany's philosophy on why pregnancy loss happens
[22:05] What moms experience when going through a loss and how partners grieve
[25:45] The different types of grief
[28:30] How to help moms heal
[31:05] What to say and not to say to moms going through loss
[34:45] Ways to help support moms dealing with loss
[40:15] Where to find more about Brittany and how to work with a bereavement doula
Book: Unspeakable Losses
Book: A Gift of Time
Book: Empty Arms