am a mother of three; one daughter and two sons. I learned early to appreciate
the role that a father plays because of the way my husband supported me
through my labors. My first birth was a medicated birth, and I wasn't happy
about how it went. The second one was a natural birth (with a doctor, not
midwives), and was a much better experience than the first. My third birth
was also a natural birth, but this time it was a waterbirth attended by
Certified Nurse Midwives. I became a doula because of the birth of my third
child. I went to my midwife six weeks after my third birth and she commented
on the passion I had about childbirth. She suggested that I look into becoming
a doula so that I could share my passion with others. I went through the
DONA certification training to become a Certified Doula. After the first
day of training, I knew it was the path for me. I have now attended over
200 births since the year 2000.
Because of my passion for birth, I was asked by the Midwives at Dr. Smith's
office to teach the childbirth preparation classes for their patients and
all those who would like to attend. For more information about childbirth
classes, click here.
As a doula, I do not take the role of the father. I am
there to support both the mother and the father, as I believe this is an
intimate time for a couple. The role the dad plays is very important to
the growth of their relationship, so I never push the dad aside to take
over in supporting the mom.
I believe that birth is a gift from God that can be a spiritual experience
in your life. If you trust your own body and you understand the process
of birth, you are much more likely to succeed at the type of birth that
you want. I believe that it is a woman's choice to give birth the way she
wants to, not being told when or how to birth her baby. I believe I can
help you accomplish the birth you want for your baby.