Services offered: Antepartum and Labor Support, Breastfeeding Basics
Trainings: DONA Certified Birth Doula
Areas/hospitals served: CMC Pineville, CMC Main, Baby & Co,
Planned homebirths (with midwives), Novant Hospitals, Natural Beginnings
I am a Labor/Birth Assistant. I received my training through DONA International, which is the oldest, largest, and respected doula associations. I am a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, which you don’t find here often. I have been married to my awesome husband for 10 years. We have four handsome boys aged from three to six; three of which are triplets! We conceived all of our children through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). During my four years of fertility challenges, I was able to guide a number of women through their fertility challenges by giving advice, sharing my experiences, and offering support. I never thought, what seemed like, my “misfortune” would help give someone the hope and confidence they needed to communicate to their doctor and to move forward emotionally. To this day, I am sought for information and advice regarding conception for the fertility challenged. Becoming a Birth Doula, was another stepping stone to inform, encourage, empower, and support you during one of the most joyous times of your life. I want to be the calming presence during your labor and delivery whether it’s your first child or fourth.
When I’m not researching “all things birth”, I love bike riding and hiking with my family! I enjoy playing games that involve teams. For me, playing sports such as football and softball are so much better than watching it on television. Also, enjoying a good movie while drinking coffee with my husband is how I unwind for the evening.
We should never consider ourselves equal to our male companions because there is something that only we can do…Give Birth! I believe that every healthy soon-to-be mom has a choice on how she should labor and give birth! Our bodies are designed for it. Emotionally and physically, we may not know what is going on with our bodies when we labor, but our bodies do! Being respectful of one’s body is the best avenue to take. During labor, interferences can inhibit labor. Dr. Michel Odent says it best… “When you consider birth as an involuntary process involving old, mammalian structures of the brain, you set aside the assumption that a woman must learn to give birth. It is implicit in the mammalian interpretation that one cannot actively help a woman to give birth. The goal is to avoid disturbing her unnecessarily.” Your birth, your way!