The Long Journey Home......
For as long as I can remember, my dream was to be a midwife. However, life's twists and turns- children, marriage and career -all led away from it. Until recently, I did not think I would ever make it. I had been helping friends and family for years in their birthing journeys, but never made it to midwifery school. I had the honor and privilege of attending my sister three births. With each birth, she would tell me "this is your calling...you really need to pursue this!" Ah, but then the stars seemed to align...children are grown, career allows me flexibility, and two wonderful women taught me that "I am a Doula!!"
After a lot of research and some gentle persuasion from loved ones, I bit the bullet and found a DONA Birth Doula Training, which as fate would have it was close to me and only a few months away. Right after finding the class, my oldest daughter had an announcement...she was expecting my first grandchild!!! Well, now I was motivated and the rest is history!
I have forever had a fascination with the birthing process and am still awed by the strength a laboring woman finds from her "inner birthing goddess!" My own three birth experiences were amazing, magical, empowering, and all oh so different! I bring to the table personal experience with pregnancy and it's ups and downs, as well as the experience of assisting with births which each offered their own challenges. I look forward to working with birthing parents and their partners; eager to offer education, emotional and physical support, understanding, and advocacy in a non-judgmental and nurturing environment.
I am home!