Being a doula isn’t a job, it’s a privilege! I am honored to be able to assist families in some of the most transformative times in their lives. My approach when working with women and their families is to offer education and encouragement, which in turn helps them to feel confident as they approach and experience their baby’s birth. I provide evidence-based information and listen to what matters to my clients, and then we work together toward achieving their goals. Throughout pregnancy and especially during labor, I provide consistent, calm reassurance and guidance.
I began my doula career in 2012 through DONA International and am a Birth Beautifully Certified Birth Doula, Birth Beautifully Certified Childbirth Educator, and Birth Beautifully Birth Doula Trainer. I am also a Certified VBAC Doula through the VBAC Link, and I am a Certified Postpartum Doula through the Midwifery Institute.
With a wide variety of doula experience — including medicated and unmedicated labors, spontaneous and induced labors, hospital birth and homebirth — my knowledge and understanding is put to use to help reduce my clients’ anxiety and increase their confidence. I have a special place in my heart for women suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) during their pregnancies, as I myself have dealt with it five times.
I believe the best pregnancies, births, and postpartum experiences happen when women and their families feel supported, and I would be honored to do that for your family.
My interest in becoming a doula started with my first pregnancy and birth journey. I was 29 years old when I became pregnant with my first child, and I quickly realized how much I LOVED everything relating to pregnancy and childbirth. My birth didn’t go as “planned” and my first baby was born via cesarean. As amazing and supportive as my husband was, looking back I realized how helpful it would have been, for both of us, to have non-hospital staff to guide us through our labor and delivery. Someone that would answer questions, help us know our choices in a non-biased manner, remind us of our plan when we needed reminding, and to offer emotional support when our plan took a detour. I knew that someday I wanted to work with pregnant women and families to help in that way. Fast-forward 16 years, four VBACs, and one miscarriage and here I am: a Birth Beautifully certified birth doula and a certified postpartum doula through The Midwifery Institute! I am also a certified lactation counselor through ALPP and a Birth Beautifully certified childbirth educator.
Being a doula isn’t just my job, but my passion! I enjoy learning about all things pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. I am always on the lookout for new training and certifications to expand my knowledge and allow me to better help my clients.
It is an honor to work with families in the most miraculous times in their lives. As a birth doula, my goal is to help you feel supported (physically, emotionally, and educationally) and empowered so you can make the best decisions for you and your baby. Having five children, I know firsthand the ups and downs of the postpartum period. As a postpartum doula, I will be there to “lighten your load” while your household adjusts to the wonderful addition of having a new baby. I truly enjoy providing warm, professional support for pregnant women and their families.