I believe pregnancy and birth is a journey to motherhood. We find strength we didn’t know we had, which prepares us for the challenges and joys of motherhood.
The art of being a doula to women has been a part of my life for the past twenty years. I received my training by DONA, and then subsequently moved to England. While in England I had the privilege of being counseled by Sheila Kitzinger and have taken classes from Penny Simpkin. Both of these ladies are foundational to the doula movement.
My experience has been broad and diverse. I have worked in a teenage pregnancy home, birth adoption, helped international couples, V-bac, natural twins, natural breech, and a cancer survivor. Personally, I am a mother to four boys. Each of my births gave me a new experience to draw from. I have had one hospital birth (33 hours) and three home births (1.5 hours, 20 mins., and 3 hours).
My philosophy is that women were designed to give birth and should be allowed to birth in a way that is comfortable for them. I believe a lot of complications during labor can be avoided by being mindful during pregnancy. Not everything can be avoided, but movement and posture during pregnancy can help create an optimal fetal position for labor. I co-teach a pre-natal yoga class with a yoga instructor. We teach how to align your baby and keep your ligaments balanced through yoga. I see my role as helping the baby find that position before labor begins so labor can progress. I also see my role as a resource for the partner during labor. I want to come alongside the couple and in no way replace the relationship that they have. It is an amazing privilege to be a part of life coming into the world.