I have worked in women's health for many years and have always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth. After many years as a childcare provider for newborns and infants, I made the change to become a doula. My choice was solidified after the birth of my niece - seeing how amazing and powerful my sister was. I am elated to devote my time supporting and encouraging mothers and families as they prepare to welcome a new member to their family.
I hold a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Behavioral and Community Health. I am a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International and am a certified HypnoBirthing Doula. In addition, I provide postpartum support and teach childbirth education
As a doula, I aim to guide you through labor and birth through providing a calm, supportive, and encouraging environment using methods of HypnoBirthing. Learned breathing techniques along with visualizations and imagery aid in guiding the mind and body to relax, building confidence, and releasing tension. This leads to a more peaceful and carefree birth experience.
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I discovered hypnobirthing during my own birth. As an experienced doula, I was looking for a birth preparation that would help me get out of my “thinking brain” and connect deeper with my body and instincts.
I had a beautiful birth experience and what I remember most is feeling calm and safe. My positive experience inspired me to become a hypnobirthing support doula.
I find that Hypnobirthing fits really well with my holistic doula approach, which is very much centered in nurturing the body-mind-emotional connection. I like to help expectant couples prepare for their birth with evidence-based information and positive, encouraging guidance so they can make decisions with confidence and intention.
I am also trained in comforting touch and relaxation techniques for birth and bring a grounding presence to the birthing room to help laboring mothers remain calm and centered during birth.
As a seasoned mother, I also enjoy supporting new families transition into a healthy and nourishing post-partum period and joyful life with a newborn, including with hands-on lactation support.
I do all of this with compassion, warmth and integrity.
Fun fact: I have six brothers and am the oldest and only girl in the family.
My certifications include: DONA Birth Doula Training, Certified Holistic Birth Doula, Comforting Touch Doula, Evidence Based Birth Professional, Hypnobirthing support Doula, and Certified Lactation Consultant.
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