My journey to serving birthing families began during my teenage years, when my mother chose to have my younger brothers at home with a midwife. During her labor I was awestruck by her appearance, the sounds coming from her, the very energy of the birthing room. And then, I saw my brother’s head being born…..I was hooked! I had just seen one of the most magical and spiritual happenings in this life. I wanted to cradle my mom and sweet baby brother in their new little cocoon. Although it would be several years before I could put a name to that light, I believe the flame of service to mamas was lit at that very moment. With time, that flame has grown stronger and pushed me to pursue multiple avenues of being with woman.
It is an honor to be invited into a family for such an intimate event, to bear witness to a baby coming earthside, a mama finding her strength, digging deeper than she ever knew she could. This honor is one that I do not take lightly, it comes with a fierce love and deep devotion to the families I serve. This I do with a grateful, humble and joyful spirit.
I am a passionate advocate of many different things in this life, but my main calling is assisting women and families during the childbearing year. I feel that all families deserve the right to bring their children into this world in their own way, and I seek to help them realize this goal through information, education, and support. Each family has different needs and wants that affect how, when, and where a mother will give birth. My role is to provide help in a way that encourages both mother and family to make the best decisions for them. For more information on my services, check out the overview of services, email me, or call me at 573-202-5386.
**Please note** I am currently on maternity leave and NOT attending births. I AM accepting clients for all other services!
Qualifications and Experience:
* Completed ALACE (now called toLabor) Labor Assistant (Doula) training workshop of 25 hours (2007)
* Attendance in both hospital and home settings
* Mother of four high-spirited balls of joy
* Attendance during epidural anesthesia, non-medicated, and cesarean births
* Area Coordinator Rolla Friends of Missouri Midwives (2006 – present)
*Volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor (Accredited 2012)
*Co-Founder, Rolla Birth Network
*Completed Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula training (2012)