I am a labor doula certified through Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA). I have been pursuing my calling into a life of birthwork since 2010 through self study and volunteer involvement. I began attending births as a labor doula in August 2015. I attend births in hospitals, home, and birth centers.
As a mom of five children, I have a unique ability to empathize and be present with my clients. My own births have run the spectrum from unplanned cesarean to hospital VBAC with epidural to home birth. I have had my own struggles and victories in birthing and feeding my babies, and because of that have a broader appreciation for the unexpected issues you might face.
The CAPPA certification process is quite in depth. After a multi-day hands on training, I had to complete two other classes pertaining to birth and babies, a breastfeeding class, and complete required reading. I had to have evaluation forms completed by doctors/midwives, nurses, and clients for each of my certification births. After completing course requirements I had to successfully pass a lengthy test, including both multiple choice and essay questions. Completion of the CAPPA certification process can take up to two years. I stay current with the latest research and seek out opportunities to continue my education. I have completed an advanced doula training and certification in the Rebozo technique and also a Spinning Babies training taught by Gail Tully. I have completed a 15-hour online training on pregnancy loss through the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. I am a trained Hypnodoula through Hypnobabies. I have also completed additional training in perinatal mental health and acupressure for birth workers.
I support all types of births. I saw a graphic recently that said “You’ve got this. I’ve got you”. I think that really sums up my heart. I believe you already have within you the power to have a positive birth. I am there to walk with you through it, to encourage when things get hard, to hold you up when you think you are going to fall, and to see you through the struggles and into the victory. I am passionate about birth and compassionate towards women. This is what makes my heart sing. This is the very work I was created for.