Hi! I’m Susan Young. I’m so glad that you are considering what support you need to enjoy your pregnancy, labor and the postpartum adventure! I came to doula work through my massage work. For years I had a massage practice where I saw anyone – men, women, teenagers, senior adults. My pregnant clients were always my favorite clients. I sought specialized training in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery. It was really when I moved to Houston with my family in 2013 that I pursued my doula training and this profession in earnest. I am certified as a birth and postpartum doula by DONA International. I love supporting families during this important time. You’ll truly never forget your birth experiences.
I continue to massage clients throughout pregnancy. Massage during pregnancy can be effective in relieving muscular aches and pains, reducing swelling, and creating a habit of relaxation to harken back to during labor. Massage as a part of your postpartum recovery strategy is not only smart, but relaxing as well. During your postpartum session(s), we can help adjust your postural alignment, decrease muscular aches and pains from labor, encourage the body to clear excess fluid more quickly and soothe the nervous system (the sleep-deprived nervous system – wink!). I hope you will plan to receive massage during your postpartum period while family and friends are around to help out.
I am licensed for massage through the State of Texas and Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I have been a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2003. I also teach infant massage instruction.
Along my all-things-birth journey, I earned my certification as a Childbirth Educator through the International Childbirth Education Association. I love this organization because it doesn’t limit educators to a specific birth philosophy and it is grounded in evidence-based information. Their motto is freedom of choice given knowledge of alternatives. That’s something I can really stand behind. Finally, I’m also a Hypnobabies Certified HypnoDoula. I’m happy to support clients who are using Hypnobabies in their birthing experience.
My family moved to Texas in 2013 for my husband’s job (one of the few not in oil and gas). Despite the humidity, we have been slowly falling in love with Houston’s diverse offerings, from rodeo and brisket to art museums and the symphony. My 13 year old son will always be my favorite massage “client.” Two dogs and a cat round out the family. I look forward to meeting you and adding what I can to your team for a healthy and happy pregnancy and postpartum adventure.
For birth and postpartum doula work, I am part of the team at Bassett Baby Planning. The fees for birth doula services is $1,200 and $30-40/hour for postpartum doula services. You can check my availability for birth doula services and read testimonials from satisfied clients on my profile at DoulaMatch.net. Feel free to contact me directly at 832-302-9386 or through Bassett Baby Planning. I am happy to work with you directly for perinatal massage therapy, infant massage instruction and private childbirth education. Thanks for visiting my site! I look forward to hearing from you.