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MY PROCESS

  • I recognize birth as a unique experience that the mother will remember all her life

  • educate the mother and her partner on labor, birth and possible interventions

  • assist the mother and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth

  • stay by the side of the laboring mother providing emotional support and physical comfort measures throughout the entire labor

  • suggest positions and techniques to help facilitate labor progress

  • facilitate communication between the laboring mother, her partner, and clinical care providers

  • provide an objective viewpoint and assist the mother and her partner in getting the information they need to make decisions

  • be a reminder of a birth plan if there is a departure

  • assist with the first feeding if needed

  • help the new family get settled after birth

What I Don't Do

  • tell a woman and her partner the "best" way to have their baby

  • anything medical like take blood pressure or temperature, perform vaginal exams, recommend medications or procedures

  • make decisions for the pregnant woman and her partner

  • speak to medical staff on the behalf of the woman's behalf

  • take the place of the laboring woman's partner

QUALIFICATIONS

Skills and Experience

DONA International

Birth doula training in July. Certified in December 2019.

Postpartum doula training in August 2017.

Spinning Babies

Training July 2019 and May 2021.

Hypnobabies

Hypno-doula trained December 2020 and Certified February 2021

Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice

52 credit hours of lactation training, certified Lactation Counselor August 2022

Dancy Perinatal Counseling

Trauma Informed Care Training. Preventing trauma in the birth room Level 1 & 2.  April 2023

Aromas for Healing

Evidence based OB Aromatherapy for Nurses, Midwives,  and Doulas. Trained November 2022.

Body Ready Method

Exercise and movements to prepare pregnant bodies for easier birth and postpartum.  Soon to be certified March 2024.

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children”

William Makepeace Thackeray

Woman looking at her newborn baby
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