Hello & Welcome!
My name is Meagan, and I am doula who provides Certified Birth Doula services to mothers and their families in Southeastern Virginia. I am also a stay at home mother, sole owner of Beltane Birth Services LLC, and a proud military spouse who understands the unique challenges and hardships that military families can be faced with when having a new baby.
I began my journey as a doula in 2012 after the birth of my first child. Having struggled through years of infertility, my husband and I were thrilled to finally be in the delivery room and were filled with the excitement and anticipation at the prospect of meeting our baby. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to educate myself as much as possible for my labor and delivery, this first birth was not the joyful experience I had played out in my head over, and over during the many years we fought to get pregnant. Our child's birthday ended with her being rushed to the local Children's Hospital NICU where she remained on a high frequency ventilator for three weeks while I was left with substantial birth injuries to recover from.
After our daughter was returned home healthy, I began dealing with my emotional and physical trauma. I took it upon myself to research and study everything I could about fertility, pregnancy and the labor and delivery process. This path of healing and discovery has led me to find my true calling as a member of the birth community.
I am now the mother of three beautiful children, two of which were born in the presence of an amazing doula, and in August of 2017 I began the process of becoming a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International, earning my certification with them in April 2019. In October of 2018 I started cross-training with the Madriella Doula Network and earned my Birth Doula Certification through them in November, 2018. I am certified through the Madriella Doula Network as a Birth, Postpartum, and Professional Doula as well as a certified Madriella Childbirth Educator. In January of 2020 I began my journey as a Student Midwife and hope to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery by late 2024 through the Midwives College of Utah. I feel truly blessed and honored to be on this path. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your story.
- Meagan Flaherty, CD(DONA)
To empower women and their partners by helping them advocate for their best possible birth experience. My hope is by knowing that I fully support all of their choices and decisions my clients will be more involved with their prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care. I will help my clients make informed decisions by educating them about their labor and delivery options and encouraging them to ask their care providers to offer them alternatives to procedures that they wish to avoid, with the hope of them ultimately achieving satisfying, joyful births.