I am a Christian, homeschooling mother. I have five amazing children who keep me on my toes. I am married to a great guy who is full of character. I have a degree in Social Work and practiced as a social worker in child welfare for 14 years. I like to laugh, read, study everything related to herbs, aromatherapy, natural medicine, pregnancy and birth and of course spend time with my family.
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3
I have been enthralled with all things childbirth for as long as I can remember. With my first pregnancy in 1999, I recall being absolutely amazed by this thing called pregnancy and reading every book I could get my hands on related to it. Following my first birth I was in awe of what I had just accomplished and what we women are capable of! My mother was with me through each of my births, being the perfect example of a doula, whether she knew it or not. She was able to take her wisdom and experience from her five births to tenderly and knowingly guide me through each contraction. Through this, I somehow intuitively knew that this is how women must have done it since the beginning of time. Women serving other women. This is my heart’s calling.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10
My outlook on birthing is that it is a natural process, and while in rare circumstances medical intervention is necessary, it is not a “medical” process. I believe women who carry children were made for this and that we can trust our bodies. Every woman has the ability and strength within her to birth a child, and women have been doing so since ancient times.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - Phillipians 4:13
My job as a doula is to be there for the mother and her partner through this miraculous, amazing experience by sharing knowledge, comfort measures, and support. I have been honored and blessed by the women who have allowed me to participate in their births as I began this journey and I look forward to the many other’s that I will have the honor of serving!