I entered into the childbirth field for two main reasons. First, I want to empower women through the natural methods of childbirth. I remember the feelings of strength and control that I encountered when I had my three children at home in the presence of midwives. Now, I want to pass this on to other expectant mothers.
With my first pregnancy, I was alone and thought about placing my baby with adoptive parents. Then one day, along comes the most incredible woman who ended up changing my life. She was a midwife who said that she would take me on as a client for the fee of $50 (for supplies).
Little did I know that she had hoped that a home birth would convince me to keep my baby. Well, her plan was a success and she has given me a gift I have yet to repay.
My second reason for getting into the birthing field was because I want to eradicate the general public’s misconceptions about pregnancy and the birthing process. A woman’s pregnant uterus should not be treated as a tumorous growth to be controlled by medicine, but rather a natural event that women have been participating for many years before doctors.
In most cases, birth can be accomplished safely and satisfactorily without intervention, such as drugs and surgery. The need for patience must be practiced in the presence of a laboring woman.
I believe that each labor and birth is a unique and miraculous experience that ushers a woman into her full power. I also believe that there is more than one good way to have a baby and that parents should have the proper tools available for effective informed consent and informed refusal.
I currently teach childbirth prep, newborn care and breastfeeding classes. I attend births 1-2 times a month as a doula and a midwife assistant. And I am currently studying to take the IBCLC exam, so I can provide full spectrum support to lactating moms and babies who are consuming human milk.
My background includes my love for natural medicine, a B.A. in Biology, a Childbirth Education certification through the Birth Connection, Labor Doula certification through CAPPA, Lactation Educator certification through CAPPA, Neonatal Resuscitation certification through NRP, CPR & BLS certification through the Red Cross, and my experience working with perinatologist Dr. Robert Wolfson.
My first opportunity to educate and coach labor and delivery was with a 16-year-old couple, which made an impression on me that will last a lifetime. I have 14 years experience as a midwife assistant and I am looking forward to becoming a midwife myself someday, when my own three children are older.