I am a wife and mother of three with over 10 years of experience in educating and supporting mothers in breastfeeding, childbirth, and nutrition. I am a La Leche League Leader, ToLabor Professional Trained Doula, and Birth Photographer.
Although my husband and I prepared for childbirth through Bradley Method Childbirth classes and a significant amount of reading, our first two children were born by cesarean section. With a knowledgeable and supportive care provider and doula for my third birth, I was able to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Choosing a birth location that supports your needs and desires as well as a knowledgeable and supportive primary care provider is one of the most important decisions you can make that will affect the choices that you have in labor and the outcome of your birth.
My own experiences and struggles have given me a passion to help other mothers create the best opportunity for a successful natural childbirth. It is my goal to help each couple understand their options and choices, to create a loving and supportive environment where both parents feel that their desires are being heard and respected, and provide encouragement and evidence-based information along the way.
Services: Doula and Lactation Support Birth Photography
Free initial consultation
1-2 prenatal meetings (2-3 hours each) where we will discuss what to expect during labor and birth, positions and techniques to help labor progress, relaxation and comfort measures, as well as use of Rebozo, essential oils and acupressure.
Birth Plan Design Assistance
Lending library of books on Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Parenting
Phone, text and email support
On-call 24 hours a day starting 2 weeks before mother’s due date
Emotional and physical support and education for the birthing mother and her family
Continuous support, during labor, at your home and designated birth location, as well as 2 hours after the birth, until breastfeeding is established.
Photography during labor and birth as well as 2 hours after
Edited digital images in a private online gallery for download
Postpartum visit (2-3 hrs.) typically within the first week after birth to talk about the birth, provide lactation support, answer any questions you may have and assist at home with needs (laundry, dishes, food prep, etc.)
Spinning Babies Workshop 2016
Advanced Labor Doula Skills Workshop-Rebozo, Acupressure & Essential Oils 2014
ToLabor Doula Training 2013
La Leche League Leader, 2005-present
The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 2001
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Psychology 1999
Greater Charlotte Area