Phone: (828) 446-6705
Email: Laura@ forloveofbaby.com
Training/Certifications: Certified Labor Doula; Certified Childbirth Educator; Certified Lactation Educator;
Certified Postpartum Doula; Certified Lactation Counselor
Biography: I am first and foremost the mother of two wonderful children. It was the birth of my own children
that started me down this path of education and support during the childbearing year. I started my initial training in 2001 as a childbirth educator and since then have been certified not only as a childbirth educator, but also a labor doula, lactation educator and postpartum doula through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) and a lactation counselor through ALLP (Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice) and am currently working on certification in programs for fitness and nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum.
Since beginning my journey, I have worked with many different families during their pregnancy and labors. These births have included some very long, difficult labors; short, intense labors; unplanned and scheduled
cesareans; successful VBAC’s and twins. I have provided support for both un-medicated and medicated births. I have experience in home, hospital and birth center births as well as excellent working relationships with care providers at many locations in the area.
I also serve as a faculty member for CAPPA in the labor doula, postpartum doula and lactation educator
programs. I am an Advisor for Charlotte Doulas.
I live in the country with my supportive husband of over 20 years, our 2 kids and our cats and dogs. We enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and biking. I am also an avid reader and a hobby photographer.
Philosophy: I believe that given the evidence, many women would choose to have an un-medicated birth. I
believe that given the proper education and support it is a goal that most women can achieve. It is something that is done in almost all other parts of the world. Unfortunately, the United States lives in a state of "cultural warping of childbirth," where women's belief in their own inherent ability to give birth naturally has been robbed of them due to over-medicalization of birth and an unrealistic view of birth as portrayed in movies, magazines and television. I do believe there is a time and place for every intervention and am thankful for the availability of these technologies when they are needed. I also know that there are many personalities, belief systems and circumstances that lead women to choose to have interventions and I feel that those women also need labor support. Everyone needs a doula!
Areas served: Statesville, Hickory, Wilkesboro, Lenoir and surrounding communities
Number of families served per year: 10-15
Additional services: Childbirth education; breastfeeding education and support; postpartum support; birth
photography; trainer for labor doula, postpartum doula and/or lactation educator certifications.