It can be intimidating giving birth in the hospital for the first time.
The lights, the needles, the cold floors - there's a lot about a traditional hospital environment to make you feel nervous on your best day. You might wonder if you'll feel lonely, afraid, or unheard when it's time to have your baby. Or maybe you wonder what labor really feels like, and if you be able to handle it. Maybe you've heard birth horror stories and are silently petrified that one might happen to you. And what if your partner passes out cold in the delivery room!?
THAT'S WHERE I CAN HELP! DOULAS ARE LIKE YOUR BFF FOR BIRTH.
Doulas have been growing in popularity over the last few decades. (Palace sources have not yet verified, but I am 99% positive Princess Kate would have hired a doula.) The childbearing year is a time when women greatly benefit from being informed, empowered, and comforted. To be mothered, that they might mother well. Doulas are part tour guide, part personal trainer, and part bestie for your birth. Research consistently shows that continuous labor support, or doulas, is a basic need for those giving birth.
JUST IMAGINE HOW WONDERFUL IT WILL BE TO WELCOME YOUR BABY WITH JOY AND POISE!
Imagine walking into Labor & Delivery with a sense of confidence and purpose. Picture you and your partner working together like the birth dream team I know you are. (Trust me. You've totally got this.) It truly is possible to look forward to giving birth - and to even have fun while you're at it. Studies show that parents who hire doulas have increased satisfaction with their births, and healthier outcomes for moms and babies. I - and my clients! - completely agree.
My Training & Qualifications
DONA International is my doula certifying body. I am very proud to be held to a high standard of doula practice. From the DONA website, "DONA International is the world’s first, largest and leading doula certifying organization. When our founders created DONA in 1992, they professionalized the role of the doula. Since then, we have certified more than 12,000 DONA International doulas in more than 50 countries!"
I am a proud Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, which means I am able to provide professional, continuing education workshops and seminars to professionals as well as childbirth education to parents. I also happen to be on staff with Evidence Based Birth® as Operations Director, a true dream job! Director by day, doula by night.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Minor in Business Administration from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. One aspect I really appreciated from my undergraduate experience was the focus on the dignity of work - both seen and unseen tasks. Relocating from my small hometown in North Carolina to Central Kentucky was one of the best things that has ever happened to me!