I am a mother and passionate promoter of women’s rights. My journey to becoming a Birth Doula and Licensed Massage Therapist began nine years ago. I was a terrified young pregnant woman, who found herself overwhelmed with fears stemming from horrid television narratives and petrifying accounts of other women’s birthing experiences. Luckily, I was introduced to a Doula through my birthing hospital.
During our first prenatal visit, I discovered my Birth Doula was a Licensed Massage Therapist. She helped diminish my fears as we discussed my worries and developed a birth plan. Being furnished with evidenced based information, emotional and physical support prepared my mind and body for labor. The continuous support of my Doula beginning with our first prenatal consultation, throughout labor and lasting until the time when my daughter began breastfeeding increased my birth experience satisfaction. Instantly, after giving birth I was left with an invigorating empowered feeling; as if I could run a marathon. It allowed me to fully enjoy the initial bonding time with my beautiful 7.2lb, 20.5in baby girl. Adding a Birth Doula as a member of my birth team contributed to my memorable birthing experience. It gave me the capacity to remember the details of my labor and having the blanks filled in where needed. Which allows me to share those memories with my daughter.
I later developed a lingering desire to help pregnant moms. I followed in the footsteps of my Doula. I obtained my Massage Licensed through the State of Pennsylvania. I found myself working in multiple chiropractor practices receiving certifications specializing in prenatal, postpartum, labor and induction massages. In 2012 I become a Certified Birth Doula through DONA. I mentored with The Growing Place in Emmaus, PA and shadowed under DONA International Certified Doula since 2002 / Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Virginia Rivenbark. I have supported moms at hospitals in the parts of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Hazleton, Wilkes Barre, Danville, Bloomsburg, Williamsport, Lewisburg, Scranton, Honesdale consisting of vaginal/cesarean and medicated/unmedicated births. Beyond hospital births I have supported moms birthing at home and birth centers including, water births with local area midwives.
As a Birth Doula, I take the time to get to know each of my mom’s-to-be needs and wishes to ensure they too have a fulfilling healthy pregnancy and birthing experience to share with their child.
While supporting moms transitioning into life with baby, I witnessed baby blues, postpartum depression, low energy and inadequate milk supply become a reality to some. During my search to find a solution to help moms reduce these risk factors I came across an Eastern medicine practice called Placenta Encapsulation. I completed my Placenta Specialist Certification through IPPA because of their intensive training, support and a scope of practice. Even though placenta consumption is not regulated by the FDA client feedback has reported positive results. Over the years of supporting families my experience grew and so did the desire to want to offer a full spectrum of support. Continuing relationships with many families to whom I supported I have watched their babies grow into little humans. This encouraged me to want to keep offering support to families beyond giving birth which our community lacks. This is how the birth of the physical location of The Happy Mama Place in Plains PA began. Please take the time to browse through the website to see all we offer ranging from Massage for all members of your family, Sensory Classes, Childbirth Education, Workshops, Events, Wellness Services, Photography