It started with my doula...
It was my first pregnancy. I'd taken a 5 week HypnoBirthing® class to better prepare my mind, my spouse and my body. A few women had expressed their joys of using a doula for their own births, so I checked into the doula services of our HypnoBirthing® instructor.
The thought of having someone with us that would know our own plans, desires, and comfort measures made me feel an overwhelming rush of relief – an invaluable feeling during pregnancy. From the initial consultation we knew she was the one for us.
During labor she supported both me & my husband in a way that allowed us to focus solely on my body & our baby. We were given the courage and support to advocate for ourselves, all while being physically & emotionally supported by our doula – something I believe every woman deserves.
After the experience was over, I was so unbelievably thankful for our doula and I had this overwhelming urge to share that joy with other moms. That is where the desire to be a doula began.
So here i am today...
I have a BS in Graphic Design and own Wild Acorns Co. I work from my home which I share with my loving pilot husband and our two little boys. I am a certified DONA International birth doula and a certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, teaching HypnoBirthing® classes to couples regularly. Through my various trainings & studies, I have learned how to support & assist mothers during labor as well as childbirth & breastfeeding education. From my own experiences delivering in a hospital setting with midwives to delivering at home with a midwife – both natural, water births & HypnoBirthing experiences – I have witnessed the support needs of the mother & partner during labor.
Every birth is unique, with its own challenges and successes. Every woman should know that she has a choice as to how she births and doesn't just have to do what she is told. I want to support women in a way that allows them to feel empowered, encouraged and at one with their baby and body.
Who knows what the future holds!
Photo by Lauren Bennion
Certifications, Trainings, Workshops:
DONA International, 2017 Birth Doula Workshop - Certified in 2018
Lactation Education Recources, 2017 Basics of Lactation Management Training Complete
HypnoBirthing Institute, 2017 HypnoBirthing Practitioner Certification Training, - Certified in 2017
Spinning Babies, 2018 Workshop, July 2019 Parent Educator Certification Training
Bebo Mia, 2019 Fertility Specialist Certification Training, - Certification in progress
Birthing From Within, 2019 Crossing the Threshold Retreat & Class, CBE certification in progress