Birth has not been a life long passion. I did not choose this path because of my personal birth experience. I gave birth at age 19, in complete ignorance, without knowledge of choices. I assumed that it was my doctor's job to know what was best for me and my baby. I had a small baby and a fast labor and by default had an unmedicated, unmediated birth. As a result, I took away no more knowledge or interest than I went in with. Years later, my first grandson was born. My daughter gave birth at age 19, in complete ignorance, without knowledge of choices. I assumed that it was her doctor's job to know what was best for her and her baby. Her birth was scheduled to avoid a Christmas birthday. She received an epidural at 3 centimeters. She felt little to no pain; she felt little of anything. My daughter did not bond with my grandson. I thought she just wasn't the mothering type. I didn't know that the instinct to nurture was part of the process. She had postpartum depression. I didn't know that it could be corrected. Years later, I met a woman at a holiday party who told me she was a doula. I had never heard the word. I was so intrigued by her brief description that I went home and read everything I could find on the internet. I read about birth for the first time, learned about the amazing intricate process and all the changes that take place as the result, and about what can be lost when we interfere. I was stunned at my ignorance and realized that If I knew so little and my daughter knew so little and neither of our doctors informed us, that there must be millions of women who don't know that the process is important, that giving birth is more than how you get your baby out, and that every person should be an active participant in the choices for their care. I attended the first available Doula training workshop and have never stopped learning. Now with more than 250 births behind me, I still learn something new at every birth and wonder at how different and amazing every single birth is.
Although I am originally from Florida, becoming a doula here in Omaha has made the Heartland my home. Helping more than 175 Nebraskan families through their pregnancies, birth and beyond has been an incredible experience!
I have three amazing children of my own. With my first I was induced, received an epidural very early on in labor, and did not understand the process of that was happening with my body. When I had my second, I researched everything I could and learned how to advocate for myself. This led me to having a natural, very empowering, beautiful birth. My third was born via a gentle, family centered cesarean section due to breech presentation.
Having had three very different births, I realized how important it is to have unbiased support regardless of the situation. I focus on helping families work together through this process. I believe their pregnancy and birth of their baby should be a unique and empowering experience.
Certificates, Trainings and Affiliations
DONA Birth Doula Certification Training * DONA Advanced Doula Training *Placenta Benefits Info Training * Childbirth Education Certification *A Day with Penny Simpkin, Labor Support Training * Spinning Babies *Advanced Doula Training, Kathleen Scott, CNM - UNMC * Rebozo Training
* Biologix - Bloodborn Pathogens Training * Omaha Doulas Association
*Dancing for Birth Educator *Empowered Papa Training