Everyone needs a break once in awhile. 😉
So, as of April 2019, I have decided to put birth work on hold.
My kids need me right now, and I want to be there for them during these special years of their life. I hope to return to birth work when the time is right.
In the mean time, I have great birth workers I can recommend you to, if you like.
Excitingly I announce that as of April 27, 2016, I am a certified labor doula (CLD). I’m so thankful to God and my wonderful family and friends who helped me reach this goal. And now, the adventure continues….
Only three days after receiving this great news, I gave birth to our fourth child – a son. I am beyond grateful for our wonderful birth team who helped me through a difficult pushing stage. As always, birth was beautiful, difficult, and unpredictable… and did I mention so, so beautiful?! There is NOTHING so magical as holding your newborn in your arms for the very first time. Even with #4, the magic and mystery is all so new and exciting again. It’s fascinating that we can create with God, and the results are these beautiful eternal human beings, made in His image. I pray the glory of this will never get old to me.
[Because our family is adjusting to welcoming this new family member, I am accepting clients who are due in mid-November 2016 and beyond.]
An experience I endured four years ago today profoundly impacted the decision I would make two years later to become a labor doula.
Four years ago, I gave birth to my second child. My sweet Eden. My Joy! And she is such a joyful young lady in every way.
I realized during (and looking back on) that birth experience how important it is to be supported during one of the most difficult and beautiful times in life by people you love and trust (and who actually know how to help.)
I love that I can be part of that loving, trust worthy, support for moms and dads during this very special time in life. Birth can be an empowering, encouraging experience or a traumatic one. And while no outcome is ever guaranteed, parents can be supported and allowed to make their own choices in a way that gives them the confidence that they are raising a child with wisdom.
In January of 2014, just after the birth of my third child, I felt led into birth work. My son’s birth was the best of my birth experiences; I became like my own doula in my head. For the first time it became real to me what a doula is and the importance of the role.
In May of 2014, I started my training with CAPPA to be a labor doula. I hope to finish my certification in 2016.
Since I’m in training, my fee is minimal for the services I provide. Expecting a baby? Contact me, I’d love to talk with you.