My passion for babies and bellies started when I was young, but it was the overall holistic experience with my youngest that drove me to further pursue my Doula career. I am a mama to 4 kiddos and have had the honor of being a Gestational Carrier twice. I believe having the right support in place can make a world of difference. My desire for all mamas, is to feel like they were supported, respected, and empowered.
Guiding parents in order to help them enjoy their new family dynamic is a passion of mine! After 21 children of my own (3 bio, 1 adopted, 1 bonus-child, and 16 foster babies), I feel like I have a treasure trove of experiences (most learned by trial and error) to share concerning: sleep, bonding, mental health issues and trauma, parenting with grace, learning to ask for help, holistic parenting, organization, adapting to new babies, and lots of laughter and singing sprinkled in.
I have a bachelors of science in education with specialties in: Early Childhood, Special Education, Education of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, English as a Second Language, and Elementary education.
But, after 20 years of teaching school, I realized my heart was working with parents and their babies and pursued my training as a birth and postpartum doula to hopefully enrich their lives by using, and imparting my skills in a way that is fitting for their personal family.