My journey into the world of doula support began in 2006, following the birth of my first child. It was during a childbirth education class, alongside a doula, that I discovered a wealth of birthing options I hadn't known existed. This newfound knowledge led me to experience a remarkable homebirth, guided by two exceptional midwives. Their pivotal roles in my journey significantly contributed to my evolution as a doula.
This life-altering experience instilled a deep sense of purpose in me. I felt compelled to assist others in their transition into parenthood, knowing the profound impact it had on my own life. My belief in the transformative power of support and encouragement has been a cornerstone of my doula practice. I have cultivated a genuine passion for all aspects of the birth process, from educating expectant families to providing hands-on assistance during their postpartum period.
Over the years, my family has grown to include two more children, and I've continued my doula work right up to my own due date. My dedication to my clients reinforces the deep sense of privilege I experience when joining them on their remarkable birthing journeys. This is an honor that holds a special place in my heart.
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified breastfeeding specialist. & Breastfeeding usa counselor, Postpartum Belly Binder, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Instructor, Childbirth Educator and Instructor
As a birth doula I have a tremendous passion for helping women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. I support and trust in a woman’s choice to give birth in whatever way she feels most comfortable and empowered. I specialize in compassionate care to all families, especially those who have experienced a previous difficult or traumatic pregnancy, birth or postpartum period
In 2011 I received my birth doula certification from Life Cycles Center in Buffalo, NY. I have additional labor doula training with DTI, Hypnobabies as a Hypno-doula and Hearthside as a perinatal loss and berevement doula. I have a true commitment to the postpartum family. I trained as a postpartum doula with DTI, Newborn Care Solutions as a newborn care specialist, Birthing from Within - Birth Story Listener and Breastfeeding USA. I specialize in attachment based sleep support and provide group classes and private family sleep consultations. I am a certified Infant Sleep Educator and trained Baby Led Sleep Specialist. My future professional goals include completing additional training with the Possums Institute in breastfeeding, sleep and postpartum mental health
My doula work was inspired by my own experiences with motherhood. The births of my older two children left me with much to process through, however their births have been the inspiration for my work. After the births of my 3rd and 4th children I felt powerful and strong! My desire as a doula is to come along side other birthing mothers and help them work towards achieving healthy, happy pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods.
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Newborn care specialist, Certified Hypno-Doula, Childbirth Educator, Birth Story Processing, Infant Sleep educator, Baby-Led sleep specialist
From as early as I can remember I have had my heart drawn to pregnancy, birth and babies. My early experiences impacted my outlook and this was no different leading up to my own highly anticipated first birth. However, things didn't go as I had visioned and that is when I came to realize that my life was being called in this wildly, exciting and significant direction. My own experience being birthed into motherhood propelled me to want to support others through this often emotionally charged journey. I learned about doulas during my pregnancy then took my birth training with DONA International in 2006 hoping I could make an impressionable impact to those I was privileged to serve.
I wholeheartedly want to support and influence families to have the best birth they envision. I strongly feel one avenue to achieve this is to be vastly educated regarding the many choices one has for this transformative journey they are about to embark. I believe being empowered during pregnancy and through labor and the early moments of birth can help set the stage for a positive transition into parenthood. I strive to guide and support the families I work with to have ownership of this life altering experience through imparting knowledge, building confidence, fine tuning preparation and a whole lot of love so they become their strongest selves and their own best advocate. All the while, I am right there beside each one helping to navigate the ins and outs as I continue to give them emotional and physical support through labor and delivery. I am deeply committed to the families I work with and although I have limits, I will do my best to accommodate requests that may veer into the unique periphery.
I recently took a leave for a few years while only taking repeat clients. I am just getting back into this full-time again and I am passionate as ever about this birth work that I love and is so beneficial for families. I continually aim to stay on top of evidence based practice in addition to attending workshops and classes so I can provide families with current techniques, applications and methods for comfort, information, guidance and support.
birth and postpartum doula
Whenever I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I always answered with “a mom."
Throughout my pregnancy, I thought I knew what to expect. Unfortunately I was wrong, I lacked support as well as knowledge going into my birth. After my own labor and delivery I decided to dive into all things birth and child related! I realized that becoming a doula was something I truly wanted to do. The further I got into my research and training, the more I found myself fired-up with passion and excitement! Because of that I became both a birth and postpartum doula!
In pregnancy, labor, and birth education is key; but so is trust, and knowing when to trust. That's where a doula comes in. My goal is to fill you with information, inspiration, and confidence. My hope is that you'll be able to look back at your birth feeling that you had a positive experience, as well as making sure you always know and understand your options so you can make informed choices while being 100% supported. To ensure that you get the latest information, I continue to stay up to date on evidence based trainings and practices.
Birth, Postpartum, and bereavement Doula
My doula journey began after the birth of my first child; after her birth I didn’t feel I was adequately prepared so I dove into learning more about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. For my second birth I had a completely different experience; I was prepared and supported by my doula & partner and although like anything there were unplanned changes it was still the most amazing and gratifying experience.
This all led me to become a certified birth doula! My passion lies within helping parents create their plan and experience their birth the way they want…whatever that may look like! Through my training, professional methods, and research I am able to be a supportive, calming hand in this vulnerable, special moment for you and your family.
Birth and postpartum Doula , Childbirth educator
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 listen to what matters to my clients, and I help prepare them to achieve those goals.
After completing my initial doula training in 2012 through DONA International, I was pleased to certify through Birth Beautifully as a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Birth Doula Trainer. I am also a certified VBAC Doula through The VBAC Link and a certified Postpartum Doula through The Midwifery Institute.
My husband and I have five children on Earth and one in Heaven. I have a special place in my heart for women suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum 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.
Birth Doula & Trainer , VBAC Doula , Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula
My own pregnancies and birth experiences are what called me to become a doula. I loved being pregnant and feeling my body do this amazing thing of growing and nourishing my children. I have had one hospital birth and three home births (one of which was a water birth). Each one was so different but special in its own way. I had a doula for my last two births and wished I had her for my first two as well. It was such a comfort to have someone there to help me and my husband during that extraordinary time.
Since having my own children I have immersed myself in all things birthing and babies. I am finally in a stage of life where I can take my passion and help others, so I became a certified birth doula through Birth Beautifully.
I am also currently in the process of certifying as a postpartum doula. I had an amazing support system after having my own children and I wish to provide that support to other families.
Pregnancy and birth are a beautiful thing. I will help you figure out the birth you envision, whatever that may be. My goal is to assist you in crafting the ideal birthing plan because I want to help you feel empowered, knowledgeable, and courageous throughout your pregnancy.
Besides my own births, I have assisted hospital births, home births, medicated/unmedicated, as well as cesareans. I feel honored that my clients entrusted me to care and support them during such a personal, emotional experience and I hope to bring this experience to you.
Birth and postpartum Doula
From as early as I can remember, I've been a caretaker. I started babysitting, helping at my dance studio and was a student helper at school at a young age. I opened my registered home daycare at the age of 20 and I worked with families for over 20 years before I closed to become a private nanny. When my time as a nanny came to an end, I started thinking of my childhood dream to be a "baby doctor". That dream started to grow and transform. As a young mom, I often felt as if I was not taken seriously in my pregnancy and parenting choices. I felt dismissed and disregarded. I realized that I didn't just want to be a "baby doctor" but I still wanted to help families welcome their children into this world. I wanted to empower people to make the best medical and health choices for their families. I wanted to make sure that people had all the information available to make informed decisions. I wanted what I felt that I didn't have- to be empowered and heard.
As a doula, I'm honored that people chose me to work with their families at the most important and vulnerable points of their lives. I feel incredibly blessed to work with people as they take this journey into parenthood.
Birth and postpartum Doula
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 and 4 VBACs later, and
here I am- a Birth Beautifully certified birth doula and a certified postpartum doula through The Midwifery Institute, and a certified lactation counselor!
Being a doula isn’t just my job, but my passion! I enjoy learning about all things pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. As I am always wanting to grow professionally, I am training to become a certified childbirth educator.
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.
Birth and postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor