Corny as it may sound … I cry at Subaru commercials…
…and my favorite part of TV shows is at the end of each episode when families gather around a board game or the dinner table – I get a huge smile on my face or goose bumps on my arms and usually my husband laughs at me. I am truly a sap for happiness and love and my favorite thing about life is spending time with my family and friends.
Growing up I decided early on that hospitality was my calling – I love making other people happy! During the last 20 years, I led a successful career catering to my guests needs flawlessly under very high demands. My jobs took me as far as Yellowstone National Park and back here to the east coast – Philadelphia, Manhattan and the DMV. These experiences have helped prepare me to support and care for women and their families with compassion and clarity and ultimately contribute to the overall happiness of each family’s experience.
As a young woman while other friends were stepping into motherhood I began to harbor a curiosity and deep respect for mothers and birthing women. Through years of hearing friends and families birth stories and how things didn’t go the way they wanted I went into my own birth with my eyes almost wide open and I knew I wanted to experience something different. I wanted to be heard and for my needs and wants to be respected and listened to. So, that combined with my own experience of finding an OB, hiring a doula and finally having PPROM (preterm premature rupture of membranes) spending 19 days in the hospital followed by an induced premature labor ending in vaginal birth – has led me to a career as a doula.
Now that I have given birth, I feel changed. Sort of like that saying, you know the one – “if I knew then what I know now” …but wait, I do and so does every other mother out there after giving birth, no matter the path. I look forward to the opportunity to experience other mother’s journeys and be there to support them in achieving positive experiences.
A mother / family achieving a positive birth experience – no matter what happens, is the most important part. After experiencing my own birth I came to a realization of how our bodies are truly made to do this and that everything we need is within ourselves – I can’t wait to experience other women coming to their own realizations.
As your birth doula, I will provide support that allows your birth experience to be a positive one, no matter the path that unfolds.
I am passionate about (in no particular order):
Women’s rights to bring their children into the world how they want I Preparing women and families in how to confidently navigate the unexpected I Bringing the medical world and support world together to allow for births to happen successfully in a calm and empowered manner I My husband and our son I Building relationships with friends + family I Being outdoors I Riding my bike I Bringing joy to those around me