My journey into birth work really began 2013. Utilizing a home birth midwife, I gave birth to my daughter in the water surrounded by my family and friends. Never having experienced anything as intense as childbirth, I felt like 100 million dollars afterwards. No joke. It was the most empowering, paradigm shifting event of my life and I am forever grateful for those hard moments.
In birthing my daughter, she helped birth me. I quickly quit my job when and started my Doula training. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to service. To serve capable, informed women, who just need some support. Families that realize its OKAY to ask for help! We have coaches these days for just about everything else; why not birth?
I began work as a Home Birth Assistant to an incredible midwife while working on my certification. This was a fantastic way to immerse myself in what normal, vaginal birth looked like as well as the many variations of 'normal' birth. Witnessing and assisting on over 20 home births, as well as birthing at home myself, allowed me a rare peek into the process of labor as well as various comfort measures used by laboring mamas.
By the end of 2014 I had completed my training with Child Birth International and began accepting clients. I established Divine Mother Doula Service - celebrating mothering, in all capacities. Over the past 4 years I have acquired the following certifications:
I gave birth to my second child, my son, again at home in the water in June of 2017. Applying all of my skill sets, I managed to labor mostly alone while my husband set up the birthing tub and kept our daughter occupied. His birth allowed me to really put my 'tools' to work - to experience the protocols or recommendations that I had been giving to clients.
All of my skills go hand in hand with one another to truly support families mind, body & spirit.
What is a Doula?
The word Doula is Greek for 'a woman who serves'. A Doula is there to provide support to birthing mothers, their partners, even family members if needed. Support looks different for every family.
Birthing used to be a communal experience. Family members supporting the parents during and after the birth. Telling stories, sharing knowledge. Making herbal remedies to help sooth the body, mind & soul.
Birthing has changed with the times. We have, as a society. moved away from this communal experience. Families are busy, people move away, cannot get off of work etc.
Doulas can help bridge that gap. Offering support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
What is easier to define are my responsibilities:
- I am not there to give advice or my opinion (unless specifically asked for it).
- I am always going to remain professional in every scenario.
- I am going to show you doors. You make the choice to open them or walk through them, not me.
- I am never going to do any medical procedure - I am not a midwife.
- I will always support your choices, without judgement.