Like most doulas, my interest in birth work began with the birth of my own children. I have been passionate about birth, babies and breastfeeding, studied all I could long before I knew that a doula was even a thing. While I knew natural childbirth was what I wanted, you should know that I am here to help you with information to make your own decisions regarding your choices, not to push my personal opinions on you.
I live in Gwinnett county with my husband of 20 years. I am mother to 4; three grown with families of their own, 2 young grandbabies! My youngest son recently graduated from Hebron Christian Academy. He is currently attending The Creative Circus, a design school in Atlanta. We have been a part of North Point Community Church for the past 13 years. My three great loves are my family, entertaining and creating; in the garden, the kitchen, or sewing.
I BELIEVE THAT GIVING BIRTH IS A POWERFUL, LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE.
Creating a positive birth experience strengthens and empowers not only the mother but the bond between her, her baby, and her husband. Helping women and their family navigate this sacred rite of passage builds healthy relationships that are far reaching.
No matter how or where you choose to have your baby, I will provide continuous support and create an atmosphere advantageous to labor and birth.
It is an honor to witness birth and I will help you remember your fortitude and sacrifice afterwards.
In January 2016 I had the privilege to spend nearly a month in Summertown, TN, staying in a wonderful cabin on The Farm. It was there that I had the honor to serve as doula for my daughter and son-in-law as they welcomed their firstborn to their arms.
The Farm Midwifery Center is where Ina May Gaskin began her midwifery practice in the 70's. Having studied her writings for years, we were beyond thrilled to be able to have this opportunity! One of her partners, Carol Nelson, was our amazing midwife. We spent countless hours together before, during and after the birth, learning all that I could from this legendary birth worker. I was even invited to spend the day with her as she made her rounds in the Amish community.
I have had to opportunity to assist families at hospitals in Atlanta, Cumming, Gainesville, and Athens. My birth experiences includes water birth, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), Cesarean, precipitous birth, twins, and home births.
I am studying daily, constantly learning and am confident that I can help you achieve a positive birth experience.
I am certified as a birth doula through DONA International and continue to hone my skills, deepen my understanding of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding through extensive reading and study.
Apprenticeship and Continuing Education
In addition to the DONA workshop training (2014), reading and studies, I also have a seasoned doula who mentored me. She is a now a trusted friend and a tremendous blessing!
For parents interested in Hypnobabies, I have also attended the Hypnobabies Childbirth classes and am finishing the Hypno-Doula Training.