Certifications: Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA) with DONA International, Certified Childbirth Educator through ACBE (Academy of Childbirth Educators) In pursuit of my passion of helping birthing mom’s in labor feel so supported that they are empowered by their birth. I began the journey of certifying through DONA. My passion began to stir when I was a child and witnessed the difference between a hospital birth and home birth with the same mom. She seemed so upbeat after the home birth, this woke me up to seeing birth in a different way than it had always been portrayed to me… hard, unbearable and nothing to smile about. She later let me watch her water birth video and I was amazed at the calm countenance through the entire birth. Birth could be something to look forward to. I was sold, not on being a doula but on laboring in a more comfortable atmosphere. I later did have 5 children at home, 4 unassisted with my husband and the last with a Midwife, Debbie Perry of Natural Birth KC. They all were amazing. Similar stories of wonder and excitement kept being relayed by other moms who birthed at home, but I began passioning for all moms to experience this joy, wonder, and thrill no matter where they decided to birth. To have the experience that was never portrayed through film, a wonderful, beautiful, joyous, natural experience. I love praying for women in labor. I love watching them accomplish one of the hardest tasks they encounter. I love being a part of it. I want to see maternity care improve and I want to help reduce pain in labor.
So in pursuit of my passion I certified to gain more insight into the realm of birth through DONA International and as a Childbirth Educator through the Academy of Childbirth Educators (ACBE), and now apprenticing as a student midwife with Natural Birth KC. Mom’s were seeking me to help them during labor and I merely sought certification as an avenue to help them better! I love it! I have now had the privilege to serve in the last 9 years just over 250 women and their families. It is an HONOR!