I'm a mother to three amazing boys, a birth Doula with over 350 births and 16 years of experience, a HypnoBirthing practitioner, certified Dancing For Birth Instructor, and co-founder of the Madison Doula Collective. I enjoy offering caring childbirth preparation and intuitive labor and birth support for families with various needs in Madison, WI, and outlying areas.
I became a Doula after having three very different birth experiences.
My first was a footling breech that was delivered by emergency cesarean section. My second was a powerful birth using self-hypnosis and the caring support of three women who empowered me to attain my goal of a natural birth. My last birth was an induction at forty-two and a half weeks.
I learned many things from each experience. I not only achieved a VBAC birth but also had a natural birth. I learned that some things are out of our control, but that there are other things that we can and want to control. I realized that caring support that leaves you feeling safe, seen, and heard, is important and can change the way you feel about your birth. These experiences are what brought me to the path of being a Doula.
Through my training with Marie Mongan, author, and founder of HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, I gained a clear understanding of how fear can negatively impact the birthing process. Because of this, I provide tools, information, and support to help reduce anxiety/fear and increase confidence in your body and your ability to give birth. These tools will not only help you to look forward to the day you give birth and feel confident, but they will also serve you for a lifetime.
In my free time, I enjoy meditation, yoga, camping, bike riding, dancing in the grass at outdoor music events, and spending entire days submerged in nature.
My mission is to provide information that will help families select a birth style that is right for them. As a Doula, I'm committed to helping you own and feel empowered by the birth of your child no matter how it unfolds. I trust that you and your body know how to give birth. I enjoy helping clients learn to listen to their bodies before birth to help build confidence in their ability to do this during labor.
I believe the miracle of birth to be a normal process that unfolds best when left undisturbed within a calm, peaceful, and safe environment.
Because of this belief, I've made it part of my practice to help create this feeling in every birth space I enter. I do this through my constant support, the use of aromatherapy, encouraging and supporting the connection between the laboring parent and their companion, and of course other special touches from my birth bag. I work together with each family to create an individualized, calm, nurturing environment for all.
"Deep within every woman (Birthgiver) is the ability to birth. When she (they) has confidence in her (their) abilities, the encouragement and freedom to tap into her(their) innate wisdom, and has the loving support of family, friends, and professionals who believe this too, she (They) will truly have a satisfying birth experience."
~ Gary Ryan
Empowering Birth Services, Madison WI
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