As a mother of 4, I’ve had the opportunity to experience pregnancy and delivery through many different lenses. With my first birth, I struggled to balance what I felt was the “right” thing to do, with what some medical professionals, family and friends told me was “right”. Everyone has an opinion about what birth should look like, and incorporating all of these views, often from people you respect and trust, can be overwhelming.
After my first birth, I felt cheated, uninformed, and worse, sometimes misinformed by the people who were supposed to be my advocates. I had learned, or so I thought, what pitfalls to avoid. And, for my second delivery I chose a different birth professional, thinking that the person catching the baby would make all the difference I desired. Boy was I wrong!
With renewed vigor, I vowed that I would NOT be taken advantage of in any subsequent pregnancies. I went down a journey of self-discovery. What DID I want for my pregnancy and delivery? How could I give myself the best chances to make this vision come to fruition? And who could I recruit to my team of advocates to speak up for me when I was in my most vulnerable state?
With a clearly outlined vision, loads of information, and birth professionals that truly were my best advocates, I went on to have two more children. Thinking about those deliveries, my memories are vivid, colorful, and happy! Instead of feeling the negative emotions that surrounded my first two births, I felt alive, invigorated, and proud of what I had accomplished!
It only seems natural, that once I had successfully navigated the birthing world, I share that clarity with others!
It is my mission to help expectant parents learn what THEY want from their pregnancy and delivery, and help them in every way possible to meet their expectations. This will be different for every couple, and each delivery is a unique set of circumstances, but with realistic expectations, education and support, your birth too can be a positive memorable experience!
As a certified Pilates instructor for over 12 years, I rely on my knowledge of movement and the body to suggest both pre-labor exercises to prepare for delivery, and various positions during labor to relieve pain, ease tension, and provide optimal positioning for ease of delivery. In addition to offering labor support, I can meet with clients early in pregnancy to design a course of action to ensure your best possible birth experience. I am a doula, trained through DONA International, and Birthing From Within, with advanced training in homebirth doula techniques. I am currently enrolled in nursing school, working towards the designation of Certified Nurse Midwife.
Though collaboration with another local professionals, my clients have all of the resources necessary for prenatal and infant chiropractic care, placenta encapsulation/tincture, lactation consultants, acupuncture, etc.
I want to make your first experience, the best experience.