Dana Patterson, SBD, CCCE
Looking for a “been there, done that” doula?
Dana has personally birthed 8 babies; her experiences encompass medicated births, unmedicated births, inductions, 3 cesareans, 3 VBAC’s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), and a myriad of other circumstances surrounding labor and delivery. Dana’s experiences have helped shape her into a doula who seeks to serve you with knowledge, compassion, encouragement, and support for your birth preferences.
Dana will happily attend your hospital, birth center, or home birth in the Upstate area of South Carolina (Greenville, SC; Greer, SC; Spartanburg, SC; Laurens, SC; and Anderson, SC).
I love meeting and encouraging new families! I believe it is important for a family to choose a doula they feel comfortable with and wholeheartedly believe will give them the support they are looking for. Our initial consultation will allow you to decide if I am the right doula for you. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
Getting to Know Dana
Hi! I am Dana. I do hope that we can meet in person soon, but until then, I will share a little about myself that can help you determine if I will be a good fit for your birth team.
I have been married to an amazing man for almost 21 years and together, we have journeyed through 9 positive pregnancy tests, 8 births, and are raising 7 incredible kids for the glory of the Lord. I am a native of the Upstate of South Carolina… and I am totally biased when I say that there is no better place to raise a family.
Personal Birth Experiences
My personal birth experiences span a range of issues, so I like to think that the Lord has brought me through a lot so I can reach out to help others. I have had 9 pregnancies and 8 third trimester births (my 7th pregnancy ended in a first trimester miscarriage). My third child was born via an emergency cesarean (j-incision) at 36 weeks. I was told I could never VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), so my next two babies were born via a scheduled cesarean. Baby number six didn’t want to wait for his scheduled cesarean and arrived via an unplanned homebirth. Baby number seven was a planned homebirth, and baby number eight was a hospital induction, but I was able to birth without pain medication (my 3VBA3C).
During my first few pregnancies, I didn’t know much about pregnancy, labor, or delivery. I went to a birth class with my first pregnancy and read What to Expect When You are Expecting, and I thought that was all I needed. When I was pregnant with my fifth baby, I started learning everything I could about pregnancy and birth in the hopes that I would VBAC. I ended up having that baby by cesarean (my last c-section), but I fell in love with the amazing way that our bodies work. After my amazing VBA3C with baby number six, I was hooked on natural birth and continued to grow in knowledge and understanding.
With my expansive personal experience with birth, I greatly desire to help other families during their special time of pregnancy, labor, and birth. I feel that my birth experiences have helped me to depend on the Lord and deepened my walk with Him. It is my desire to minister to other couples and encourage them in the Lord during their pregnancy and birth. After being involved in the local birth community for a number of years, I finally decided to become a doula after a friend planted the idea in my mind. It has been a great blessing to walk with families as they welcome their baby into the world. It is an honor to be welcomed into the lives of the families I serve and each and every birth has touched me in a special way.
Ministering to the Bereaved
In addition to “happy birth”, I have a heart for ministering to parents who experience a loss. My second child was a 37 week stillbirth. Losing a precious baby is the hardest experience of my life, but the Lord was my strength through it all. Since Grant’s birth, the Lord has allowed me to walk beside countless families during their darkest moments of loss. I once again felt the pang of loss in 2011 when we lost a precious baby to a first trimester miscarriage. I believe that every life has value and the lives of all babies matter. In 2014, I became a certified Birth and Bereavement Doula through Stillbirthday. The training equipped me to better assist families through various situations including miscarriage, stillbirth, and poor/fatal prenatal diagnosis, as well as those who are expecting a Rainbow Baby (baby after a loss). In addition to serving families with my training, I have also served SBD doula students as a Doula Mentor to encourage them as they train to minister to families.
Additional Roles & Certifications
Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully
Planning Committee Member for 2016 ICAN Conference
HUG Your Baby I Certified
Chapter Leader for ICAN of Upstate SC (Greenville)
Board Member of SCHEA (2015 - 2018)
Member of The Professional Upstate Doulas
Served as a Doula Mentor with Stillbirthday
Member of the BirthNetwork/Upstate BirthNetwork
Planning Committee Member for Upstate Birth and Baby Expo (2014 - 2017)
Served as a Doula Mentor with Stillbirthday
From Dana's Clients
“Dana is a caring, supportive, and wonderful doula. She recently attended my home birth and was such a blessing to us. Since my birth happened so fast my midwife’s birth attendant couldn’t make it. Dana stepped right in and helped the midwife with whatever she needed as well as supporting me, encouraging me, rubbing my back, and reassuring my daughter that everything is fine with mommy. I look forward to some after birth care from her too. I highly recommend Dana.”
Sarah G. (Mom)
“Dana was an intuitive, calming presence as my doula. By the time we called her, she was already almost to the hospital, which was way earlier than the nurses had predicted. She gently talked me through the contractions and just soothed me as it was my first baby and it was all new to me! In the end, though I had to be induced (and she helped talk me through some things in regard to my options), I was able to have a natural delivery, which was my hope. I highly recommend Dana!”
Jennaca B. (mom)
“Dana talked over what we wanted at our birth, different laboring positions, and kept in touch, throughout all of my pregnancy. She was a phone call or text away. When the time came to have our baby, Dana went with us to the hospital and encouraged me during contractions, asked if I needed or wanted to try anything different periodically, and—most important of all!—alternated with Tommy in rubbing my abdomen during contractions to ease the pain. I was in labor for a total of 5.5 hours and she was amazing to have from labor to birth! It was a privilege to have Dana as our doula and would love to hire her again in the future.”
Julie C. (Mom)
“You were a great doula. I believe that without you we may have had to have a c-section. You helped us both with the birth of our son.”
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Proudly Serving the South Carolina Upstate
We serve in the following Upstate locations in SC: Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville Midwifery, Saint Francis Hospital (Greenville), Patewood Hospital (Greenville), Laurens Memorial Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital, AnMed Health (Anderson), Easley Baptist Medical Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Carolina Waterbirth (Simpsonville), and Labors of Love Birth Center (Spartanburg). We will also serve at midwife attended home births. If your birth location is not listed, please contact us for availability.
Childbirth classes are offered as group classes and private classes. We currently offer Christian Childbirth Education and a Spinning Babies® Parent’s Class at various locations in the Upstate.