Doula, Utah County
Childbirth Education, Utah County
After living all over North America my family settled in Utah County. I live with my husband of 24 years and 6 kids on a small farm with a rotating supply of farm animals to which I serve as the midwife. Assisting my animals as they birth their babies is a highlight of my life!! I love, love, love delivering puppies, goats, kittens, calves and hopefully some day a foal or two. I also enjoy making furniture, spending creative time in my garage with my miter saw, graphic design and photography.
Another thing about me that helps me find compassion and care for all people is my service in a local 12 step program for survivors of abuse and trauma. I have experience and personal understanding of how trauma and abuse impact a person on many deep levels. Traumatic past experiences often show up in the birth space and I am aware of what that presentation can look like and how to navigate it. I strive to provide trauma informed care and help guide women to healing through accessing their own inner strength. We are all sacred and precious and worthy of so much love.
My Journey into Birth Work…
In May 2019 I attended my sister-in-law’s home birth as her photographer and, having had 6 births of my own, I knew instinctively that she needed more support than she was getting. Her husband is a rock star, birthing women just need lots of support! So I jumped in and, with their permission, I started talking her through contractions, massaging, breathing with her and helping with counter-pressure and visualization. I did this for hours. After her birth the midwife asked me how long I had been a doula. I responded “what’s a doula?” The following days and weeks it’s all I could think about. I read everything I could get my hands on and quickly found a DONA training. Finding this work has been like discovering my natural habitat! I love it!!
My own births have given me a variety of experiences including induced, hospital births with epidurals, 2 posterior babies, 3 unmedicated births, a Hypnobabies water birth at a birth center, epidurals that didn’t work, going past my EDD by 10 days (twice), 4 hour labors, 32 hour labors and everything in between, and a 10 week miscarriage involving a D&C. Because of these personal experiences it is more intuitive for me to support birthing women. I also understand birth plans that don’t go as planned and have compassion for the feelings that can follow.
When we think about birthing our babies we dream, hope, plan and prepare. For most of us our emotions span a spectrum from excited on one end to terrified on the other. There are no guarantees. We access our faith and trust and move forward, one contraction at a time, as we go to places inside ourselves we never knew but now see as sacred. Hallowed. Let me help you realize your dream birth through the support only a doula can offer and be there to hold your pain with you on the off chance things don’t go as planned.
Certified Birth Doula
Certified Childbirth Educator
Certified Breastfeeding Support Doula
Certified Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
BS, Behavioral Science and Health
University of Utah
Bradley Method and Hypnobabies
Took both courses for my own birth preparation
Perhaps the most important! I’ve had 6 births of my own (7 pregnancies), 3 unmedicated, 1 water birth, posterior presentation, hospital, birth center, miscarriage, pain free birth, breastfeeding
Midwife on the Farm!
I am the midwife for all our dog, horse, cow, goat and cat births! Somehow that feels like a qualifying skill 🙂