I have always loved a birthing! Even as a child, I held vigils at all the births I could for the animals that we cared for at my family’s “farm”. Once, I slept for an entire month in the barn, waiting for my mare to give birth to her foal. I finally decided to go into the house for one night of peaceful sleep, and of course, that was the night the mare decided to birth her foal! Little did I know that she was teaching me an important lesson about the value of undisturbed birth.
Women need to feel safe to give birth in their own space. I want to help you to do that in the way that is best suited for your needs. I feel so blessed to be able to use my gifts and talents in order to peacefully bring babies into the hands of their mothers and families.
My clients enjoy an hour long appointment at least once a month during their entire pregnancy. We get to know each other quite well during this time, and I feel it really helps us to build that necessary repoire before the birth. My clients teach me as much about the world as I teach them! Each precious child reminds me of how fantastically made we are! Birth is as natural as life gets, after all.
I might as well tell you a little about myself…
I started my doula service after finding out I was pregnant with my third child in 2001, although I had worked with people during their births for 5 years prior to that. I found that needing support for my own pregnancy really ignited a fire in me to learn about and share with others how to have a normal birth. The information and medical research I gathered to assist in my own birth has gone on to help scores of families during their births. It was during this time that I also saw the need for a home birth midwife in North Oakland County. I knew that if I ever came across the chance to gain the training I would need to provide this service, I would definitely take it on. It was thrilling to me when the right time came along and I started an apprenticeship in midwifery. I studied the art of midwifery for three years, sitting under the supervision of a variety of midwives in order to find the style and technique that would suit my practice best. I am now a Certified Professional Midwife and an approved preceptor for the North American Registry of Midwives.
I am also certified in infant, child and adult CPR, as well as neonatal resuscitation.