Alii Hesterman is a certified Birth Doula through Birth Ways International. Her passion for birth began while she was in university. However, that passion strengthened while she was pregnant with her first child as it became abundantly clear how many choices a new mom had to make. During her first pregnancy, Alii fell into the Google trap and came out on the other end more confused and frustrated. At 33 weeks pregnant, she took her doula certification and was excited to attend her first birth 38 weeks pregnant. She attended her second birth shortly after that while she was 6 week postpartum. From that point on, Alii’s passion only grew and her desire to help families navigate through the process of giving birth while feeling informed and empowered became her driving force.
Alii’s second pregnancy brought many different challenges including the tragic loss of her brother, a terminal cancer diagnosis for her father in law, along with a global pandemic that shut down the world which gave her a brand new perspective on what types of supports expectant families truly need.
Alii believes childbirth is unpredictable and can often feel overwhelming even under the perfect circumstances. She believes the best support for a childbearing mother and her support people involve clear information before the birthing day, open conversation about available choices, empowerment and comfort throughout the birth experience, and a safe network in the early postpartum days.
Alii’s lived experience through trauma while pregnant and postpartum depression allows Alii to relate to other mothers going through similar experiences. Alii is able to create a safe place for mom’s as they move through their journey no matter the circumstances.
In just over two years, Alii has attended 20+ births and is excited to have joined Lilium to become apart of a strong team!
Her goal is to build a relationship with trust and respect and help you feel empowered, strong and capable. She is here to help you navigate through all the unknowns. To support you in feeling confident, calm and in control. She will listen to and hear what your needs and desires are and together she will help you pursue a birthing story you are excited and happy with. Her desire and ultimate goal is to help make your birth experience a memory that you will always cherish.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions – I am eager to help you navigate your birthing journey.
Alii was our Doula. Alii was a great resource while I was pregnant, when navigating the options I never knew I had medically and Alii was very supportive in any decision my husband and I made. When it came to the birth, we were relieved to have Alii in our corner because the hospital staff tried to push their opinions on us. Being able to take a minute alone to talk things over with our Doula made a world of difference and I felt more in control of my birth story. My husband is also very grateful Alii was there to support him through a long and emotional process. Just her being there gave him a much-needed break. We highly recommend her and her services to everyone. Taryn and Brad – July 2018
She was one of our rocks through our journey. We had a strong support system in that room and she was one of them! Alii embodies the heart and soul of being a doula. She is loving, caring, compassionate, gentle, strong and capable of everything you need her to be and more. She was there when I needed her, she was silent when she needed to be, she was strong when I was weak, she motivated me through the tougher moments, she took turns with my hubby rubbing my back, she gave me her opinion when I asked for it but she also knew what I needed without me saying a word. She was present, she was mindful and she was our teammate. If we were to have a 3rd we would have her again in a heartbeat ! Thank you for everything and I look forward to seeing you empower and provide these experiences for other strong women and families. Melissa and Brian – October 2018