I am a DONA certified birth doula and Lamaze trained childbirth educator. I live in Frankfort, KY with my family. We have two children, both born at home with a midwife.
When my son was born in 2006, his birth opened my eyes to the awesome mystery that happens every day when a baby is born. I fell in love with my baby and my birth team and thought my midwife and doula had the best jobs ever.
Fast forward a few years and a new baby: I had the honor of attending a friend's birth in July, 2009 and was hooked; doula work was calling my name, it felt just right. I trained as a birth doula with DONA International in March 2010 and my certification was approved in January 2012. I have attended sixteen births to date, each one unique, each one a gift. I am excited about the new mothers I have the honor of helping.
Strengths I bring to you as a doula
- Strong belief that every woman contains within her the ability and knowledge to give birth consciously
- Dedication to help birthing women and their partners find their unique path to birth
- Solid knowledge of comfort measures: movement, positioning, massage, use of water, hot/cold therapy, and relaxation techniques
- Much experience (personal and professional) relieving and
coping with back labor and back pain
- Sensitivity to the needs and moods of others
- A calm, centered demeanor
- Sensitivity to emotional and physical environments
- Knowledge of standard hospital procedures, risks and benefits
- Good communication skills
- Knowledge and experience with breastfeeding
- Skills to help you prepare prenatally to meet your goals
- Knowledge gained from my own babies' births
- Enthusiasm, passion, drive
Training and Education
Passion for Birth (Lamaze Certified) Childbirth Educator Training, January 2012: Led by Robin Elise Weiss. This three day workshop (24 hours) was an exciting, thought provoking, exploration of how to lead women and their partners to a place of confidence and empowerment in the course of pregnancy and childbirth. We covered hands on learning, different learning styles, and active learning as well as how we, as educators, can stay current with research and best practices in maternity care.
Birth Doula Workshop (Dona Approved) March 2010: Led by Robin Elise Weiss. This two day (16 hour) workshop included hands on practice and training in many practical ways to help reduce pain, ease tension, encourage labor progress and support both the laboring mother and her partner emotionally and physically. Topics covered included: pain perception, relaxation, movement in labor, hands on labor support, birth balls & other tools, positions for special situations, and emotions of labor. Training also included ways to help mothers during medication use, cesarean birth, VBAC, difficult labors, and loss.
Observation of a 12 week Bradley Method® Childbirth Education course, completed February 2010. The Bradley Method® course focuses on staying low risk during pregnancy through exercise, nutrition and the avoidance of harmful substances, as well as relaxation for pain management, responsible consumerism, informed consent, labor support, comfort measures, breastfeeding, post-partum issues, baby care and more. I took the course with an eye to helping women and their partners work together to strengthen their bond through the experience of birth, as well as deepen my understanding of pregnancy, labor, and birth.
newbornbreath neonatal resuscitation workshop, September 2009, recertification 2011. I earned my Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)Provider card with this course. I am not a qualified resuscitation provider as I do not have opportunity to practice or drill, and it is outside the scope of doula practice. This course prepared me to calmly support parents through a difficult and stressful time if their baby requires help breathing at birth. I gained a more thorough understanding of the physiology of a baby's transition from womb life to life outside and can help you prepare to birth and greet your baby gently. This workshop also stresses the awareness of babies throughout pregnancy, labor and birth and how important the attitude and demeanor of those attending birth are.Influential Books read (five required by DONA for certification):
Personal Doula Experience
Over the course of attending sixteen births I have now helped
parents through: natural birth in hospital; natural birth at
home; prolonged labor; large posterior baby; home birth
transfer to hospital (non-emergency); extended pre-labor; late
epidural use; membrane rupture before labor followed by
induction; back labor; continuous back pain; stalled labor;
cesarean birth; breastfeeding initiation and troubleshooting
support. I have attended at home and at hospital (Clark
Memorial Hospital (IN), Frankfort Regional Medical Center,
Central Baptist Lexington, St. Joseph East, UK Hospital,
Every birth has familiar signposts, but the uniqueness of each experience is clear. I would love to help ease your experience as a part of your birth team!