I think I was always meant to arrive here. Working in the birth field was a destination for me yet it continues to be a journey.
The journey started with me graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Psychology. The plan was to go into nursing or social work. However, I of course followed a boy (my future husband!) and moved to FL which led me to a job as a Family Case Manager working with children in the foster care system. Though, after just a year in this position it was time for me to make a change. I was extremely passionate about the kids I worked with but the long hours and stress of the job were taking an emotional toll on me and I was unable to separate work from my personal life. It just so happened that this was 2008 and the economy had taken a nose dive. My husband (then fiancé!) had been struggling to find work so we decided to move back home to Northern VA where we could be closer to family. After discovering that social work was not the career I thought I had wanted I was lost trying to find the right career path. Planning our wedding was a fabulous distraction though and we were married a year and a half after moving back to Alexandria, VA. Our wedding day was perfect and wouldn’t you know, about a year and a half later we had another perfect day…the birth of our first son!
Lincoln’s birth was a revelation for me. I realized that I am strong, that all women are strong. In Lincoln’s birth I found my new passion and felt compelled to pursue midwifery. I started taking the pre-requisite classes for nursing school when Lincoln was only three months old. In the meantime, to make sure this was the right move for me I decided more experience in the field was required. I found a local doula training and dove right in. I felt like I had found home and for the child of military parents (I moved 16 different times by the age of 18) this was a big deal! Becoming a doula was my introduction to the whole “Birth World” of childbirth classes, placenta encapsulation, breastfeeding, and postpartum care. It was as if the flood gates had opened to my calling and I couldn’t wait to learn everything and anything I could get my hands on.
And in between trainings to be a childbirth educator, a massage therapist, a nurse, and a breastfeeding counselor I’ve become a mother 3x over with baby #4 due in June 2018!
With three children and number four on the way I have slowed down with work a lot but it continues to be my outlet and a “happy place” for me to return to after every maternity leave. I can’t say whether this journey will still lead me to midwifery one day or perhaps to a position as an IBCLC, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant but the destination doesn’t matter to me anymore because I am able to love what I do along the way.
I am also grateful for how this journey has shaped me into a woman/wife/mother/daughter I can be proud of. And that is ultimately what draws me to supporting other women in birth. Captivating your transition into motherhood is inspiring, beautiful, a blessing. Simply put watching a woman find her strength in birth and motherhood is a gift from God. All of our journeys are unique, labor and motherhood are different for all of us but our own personal journeys are what lead us to the right destinations…wherever that may be and I enjoy supporting women on their path.
I teach the Bradley Method® of childbirth education classes in Arlington and offer occasional one day childbirth workshops in Woodbridge. In addition to being an accredited teacher of the Bradley Method®, I am a certified doula with DONA International. I am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with Infant Massage USA, and a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, as well as, a Leader in La Leche League. I also have a bachelors in nursing and am a Registered Nurse in the state of VA. In addition to the alphabet soup behind my name, I like beach vacations with my family, reading non-fiction motivational books, watching stand-up comedy, and drinking wine. Lots of wine.