I have had the privilege of supporting so many amazing women as they become mothers.
I grew up in a small town where “everybody knows your name” and I couldn’t wait to get out on my own to explore. Despite that, I ended up going to college in yet another small town and fell in love with all it had to offer. I played volleyball on the women’s team and eventually received my B.A. in English after changing my major from secondary education.
I met my husband during my third year of college through a personal ad that may or may not have described me as having “the voice of a nightingale.” (I’ve had a passion for singing and performing since I was a little girl, but sadly don’t have a lot of time for that these days.) We dated for several years, and in 2001, got married on Halloween after planning our wedding for less than a week (no, that’s not a typo!).
After I graduated, I worked as an associate editor for educational journals in Washington, DC, but soon grew tired of the commute. I took a position in regulatory compliance for an insurance company, but always knew I should be doing something else. I left that position and began working in the regulatory department of another company. I stayed there for about a year, went to school and received my paralegal certificate, and somehow ended up working for a real estate settlement company until the birth of my first son, Sebastian.
I stayed home with my son and we eventually added a daughter, Penelope, to the mix. Right after she was born, I opened a home daycare. For the next eight years, I worked with many wonderful families, and I still enjoy watching the children grow up through social media. While I enjoyed my years caring for them, I knew child care was not my final career path. I attended birth doula training six years ago and when the daycare finally ran its course, I pursued birth work full speed ahead!
Since that initial training, I’ve become a certified childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and postpartum doula. We’ve added two more children to the brood, Maximillian and Cosette, and I have never been as fulfilled in a career as I am when I’m supporting a laboring or postpartum woman. I have had the privilege of supporting so many amazing women as they become mothers. I’ve attended births in hospitals, birth centers, homes, and sometimes the operating room. I’ve worked with clients from professional athletes to politicians, with a diverse mix in between. It has been such an indescribable joy to serve women and families in this way. I’m awestruck every time I witness a birth or help a mother latch her baby for the first time. There’s no better calling.
When I’m not supporting new families, I spend my time on the volleyball court or with my family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on one of our many getaways. I also enjoy singing in the car, reading, and watching Tom Hardy movies over and over and over again.