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Services: Birth Doula, Aromatherapy, Juice Plus Nutrition
Trainings/Certifications: DONA Certified Labor Doula, Certified Medical Representative, MBA, Bradley Method
Advanced Courses: A Nurse's Guide to Managing Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Gestational Diabetes: Overview and Management Strategies, Lactation Review: Breastfeeding Basics, Managing Cardiac Conditions During Labor and Delivery, Placental Anomalies, Shoulder Dystocia: An Obstetrical Emergency, The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: What It Means For You and Your Facility, The Postpartum Period and the Healthy Newborn
Bio: When my parents raised me to follow my dreams, I did so quite literally. Since childhood I have had a keen interest in all things maternal, frequently dreaming of pregnancy and birth. After college, I made a list of all the things that I wanted to see and do in my life. Staring back at me from my bucket list was “be with a woman while she gives birth.” I realized that dream in 2005, facilitating the birth experience of my dear friends’ first child. The ecstatic moment of their son’s first breath convinced me of my calling to be a Doula. I was a Doula for 9 years before becoming a mom myself and my own birth completed the circle for me of divine birthing. I have two boys and each birth was very different. I would love to share my birth stories with you. I love chai lattes, flip flops, long hair, playing and coaching soccer, long runs when it is not too hot or too cold, camping and bonfires, poetry, dancing, smiling, playing with my dogs, positive energy, sushi, recycling, waterfalls, writing in my journal, hot yoga, talking, massaging, throwing pottery, giving every piece of my time and energy that I have to spare away, serving God and loving people.
Philosophy: Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! The first thing you need to know is that I am all about you and your baby. My birth philosophy is to help you have the best possible birth as YOU define it. As you embrace your pregnancy and eagerly await the arrival of your baby you are going to feel many emotions and have many visions about what will happen during your birth. I want your birth story to be peaceful, happy and a memory that you will love to share for years to come. I will help take away the fear of childbirth and work with you to channel your thoughts, energy and strength into a peaceful beginning for your baby. I am here to be your voice for advocating to your partner, family, nursing staff, hospital and anyone else about your opinions and preferences for your birth. I am here to educate you and your partner. Throughout your birth process I will take on Your vision and Your goals for your birth as my own and help you live them out. I will provide you with continuous support from the earliest signs of labor until your beautiful baby is wrapped safely in your arms. I will stay by your side until the baby is born, helping you in all the ways that you define you need support. In all the ways you need support that you are unaware of now, I will just be there understanding and comforting you all the way through the birth. Women helping women give birth is an ancient practice that still continues today and I would love to be your Doula.
How many births do you attend? up to 4 births per month
I serve women birthing in these hospitals: Greater Charlotte. CMC-Pineville (most experienced), Novant Huntersville, CMC-Main, Novant Uptown, Novant Matthews, CMC-University, Baby & Co.
How many prenatal and postpartum visits do you provide? Whatever is needed. Average 2 prenatal and 1 postpartum.
Additional Services: A written birth story of your birth, amateur birth photography, lots of massages!!!!