I believe that support and education are the keys to a better birth experience. I providelabor doula services forwomen and families in the Pikes Peak Region. By hiring me, you are increasing the benefits to all members of your birth team and setting the groundwork for a more comfortable birthing experience.
I am trained to give support in a variety of settings, to aid transition from home to hospital/birth center, to utilize a number of comfort techniques, to facilitate communication between the woman and her health care providers, to facilitate inclusion of labor partners to the extent desired, to advocate for the family, and to give information and other resources as requested.
I am working toward labor doula certification through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). I have completed all requirements except attending the total requisite births as the primary labor doula. I am currently mentored by Candace McCollett of the Westside Birth Connection, a wonderful doula, childbirth educator, mother, and midwife's apprentice.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Anthropology with a minor in Geography and Environmental Studies. My interests in anthropology center around folklore, religion, women's studies, and historical archaeology. I am considering Master's Degree work on the historical shift from midwifery and woman-centered maternal care to the obstetrical and medically-centered model of maternal care. During my university education, I greatly enjoyed studying traditional ways of life, folklore, herbology, medicine, and spirituality as it pertains to families and women in specific.
I am a mother of one son, born naturally at Memorial Hospital in March of 2007. I believe that all women are strong and most are capable of having empowering, fulfilling, safe births naturally, in whatever location they choose.