I have been passionate about childbirth since I was 14. I graduated high school and attended college as a nursing student with the intention to become a nurse midwife. It was quickly clear to me that the role of a nurse at a hospital, bares little resemblance to the care I longed to provide a couple in labor. I completed my Associates degree and stepped out into the working world. My plan was to work and save and pursue a homebirth midwifery license. But my passion for birth was not being fulfilled in the meantime.
It was in 2009 that I discovered the world of doulas. Here was an opportunity to stay connected to my passion while working to save for my future as a midwife. I began working toward certification and attended my first birth in 2010 (the little girl born that day was the flower girl at my wedding). I completed my certification in 2012.
As I worked as a doula, I found myself spending a lot of my time with clients teaching. Helping them navigate the wide world of information to find what was evidence based and important to them. I decided to make it official and pursued certification as a childbirth educator. I completed that certification in 2020.
I still work full time for a tech company. I have a wonderful office of supportive people who know that I attend births and love it.
I take only a few clients birth per year so I that I can spend my time and energy giving each couple my full attention. I am able to take on more education clients, as the work can be scheduled around the office job.
Doulas of North America (DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
Certified Childbirth Educator
I am also certified in the following doula-specialties:
TENS Use during labor
Rebozo Use prenatally, during labor, and postpartum
Acupressure for postpartum care
My birth philosophy is simple, information. I want you to approach your labor with all of the information that is out there so that you can make the decisions that are best for you. I want you to be able to ask questions in the labor room so that you can give truly informed consent to any interventions. I want you to ease into your recovery knowing what is best for your baby and your body.
As a Birth Doula, my goal is to help you have your best birth. Whatever level of natural or assisted birth you desire, I want to help you have that birth. I am also there to support your partner who is experiencing a major life change alongside you and often needs guidance from someone who is trained and calm.