I’m a Doula of North America (DONA) certified birth doula; providing clients with preparation and support for their unique childbirth experience. Over the last 5 years I’ve helped countless families achieve their birth goals! My ability to help facilitate and create the birth experience parent’s desire is unparalleled.
I’ve received advanced training in breastfeeding, HypnoBirthing, and The Bradley Method of Husband Coached Childbirth and I’m a proud board member for the Utah Doula Association. I support families through a variety of birthing styles, including: water births, vaginal births, cesarean births (planned and unplanned), VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), hospital, birth center, and home births.
Clients enjoy: individualized preparation, evidence based information for informed decision making, proven comfort techniques for easier labor and delivery, partner support and engagement for a connected experience, and encouragement and motivation every step of the way!
I grew up in Utah and graduated from Utah State University. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Salt Lake City where I met my husband. We currently live in the Bountidul area and are blessed to have two children which bring sunshine into our home everyday! I enjoy doing yoga, snowboarding, cooking and gardening. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family, camping and hiking in the mountains. I have a zest for life and enjoy learning and trying new things.
My vow to families is to guide them through this special journey; helping them have a positive, empowering, and unique childbirth experience!
When a woman becomes pregnant she begins a very amazing and special journey. One of my favorite birth quotes says, “To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched — along with body — making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.” ~Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Kingsporn
With the birth of my first child, I found that a spark was ignited within me. This spark led me to question society’s popular view on birth and gave me strength to follow my heart. I was in awe of my growing belly and my body’s ability to carry and foster a developing baby. I realized that childbirth holds the power to transform women. Giving birth to my son was one of the most amazing, hard, indescribable, and sacred things I’ve ever done.
I want to help women learn, just as I did, that they are powerful, capable, and strong. I want each woman to know her inner strength and trust in her body’s ability to give birth. I believe every woman, and her partner, should invest time and energy into preparing and educating themselves about the process of birth and their choices. As a doula, it’s my role to help facilitate and create the birth experience that parent’s desire.
As a doula, I provide support, encouragement, information, and care to each mother and her partner. I like what author and birth advocate, Marssden Wagner says, “…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering, is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong.”
As a doula, I am there in addition to, not instead of the partner. The mother’s partner is essential in providing support; they bring intimate knowledge about the mother and love for her and their child that no one else can. It is my role to help the partner support her, ultimately making relationships stronger and bonds tighter in only a way that the birth experience can. With a doula present, the pressure on the partner is decreased, and I can help him participate at a level he is comfortable with; guiding him in effective ways to help the mother through labor.
I also feel that there are times when pain medication and interventions are needed and appropriate. However, too often these decisions are made from fear, convenience, or lack of information. As a doula, it is my role to help the couple understand their options, ask the right questions, and take the time needed to make the best decisions for them. I believe that any well-educated decision, made without pressure or fear, is the right one for a laboring couple and as their doula I support couples in their decisions.
The journey of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood is powerful and inspiring. My vow to families is to guide them through this remarkable journey; helping them to realize the strength and beauty within themselves. The birth experience should be one of joy, love, and empowerment.
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