I believe that every woman deserves informed, compassionate support throughout labor and delivery regardless of her choice of health care provider, birthing location or labor interventions. From a woman birthing at home with a midwife to a woman having a planned cesarean, every woman can benefit from the presence of a doula.
I believe that a woman labors best when she is supported by the people she chooses. A doula does not take the place of a spouse or other close friends, but can relieve and support them so that the laboring women gets the attention, assistance, and encouragement she needs.
I believe that in most cases a woman who is properly supported can deliver her baby without pain-relieving medication if she chooses.
I believe that medical interventions can and do save lives when used appropriately, and that women deserve to know the risks and benefits of every intervention. A woman should be educated about most common interventions before labor begins.
I believe that every laboring woman deserves a doula, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or financial status. I offer services at a reduced rate for women who cannot otherwise afford a doula. Please contact me for more information.
Experience and Training
I have attended more than 40 births, with clients who planned everything from a fully unmedicated birth to the most comfortable birth possible. I have supported women through rapid unmedicated births, and marathon births with multiple interventions.
Penny Simkin workshop: When Survivors Give Birth and Comfort Measures During Labor
Birthing from Within Mentor training workshop
Entered the Birthing from Within Mentor and Doula training program.
Yoga and the Pelvic Floor workshop with Lesile Howard
Spinning Babies and Belly Mapping workshop with Gail Tully, CPM
DONA training seminar
Observed Susan Messina’s Birthworks childbirth preparation class.
I began attending births.
I used Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center in Arnold, MD for all of my pregnancies and had two unmedicated birth-center births. I had successful breastfeeding relationships with both of my sons with the help of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After the births of my children I had amassed a good deal of knowledge about pregnancy and birth, and I wanted to use that knowledge to help other women. When I had the opportunity to assist a friend at the birth of her daughter I knew that I had a calling to work with pregnant and laboring women.