Laura Wando, CD(DONA), HCHD
Photo credit: Khasim Ndiwalana
I’m a birth doula, birth photographer, wife and mom who is passionate about improving the pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience of women worldwide. My philosophy is that every pregnant woman deserves respect, evidence-based information, and continuous support during her birthing experience. When you work with me, I take on your values and provide constant support to you and your partner.
I was inspired to train as a birth doula after hiring a doula for my first baby’s birth – the support and encouragement I received from my doula was invaluable to me! I hired another doula and used hypnosis for childbirth during the birth of my 2nd child which inspired me to pursue further training as a hypno-doula. I also facilitate the Positive Birth Movement Kampala, a global movement of support groups. Through this platform, I meet women from all over the world and support their desires for a positive birth experience. It is such an honor to be asked to join a birth team and support the welcoming of new life into a family!
My photography services developed organically after capturing the birth stories of some of the first families I supported as a doula. I have received training in how to competently navigate the birth space as a photographer through Birth Becomes Her. I absolutely love interacting with families to document their connections and love.
In addition to birth work and photography, I also hold an MPH in International Health and Development and have extensive experience with Reproductive Health programs in developing countries. I’ve witnessed birth in the most rural of health clinics to the most modern private hospitals.