About

Prior to the birth of my children, I worked for three and a half years as a full time veterinarian. Presently, I reside in Denton and am a stay-at-home mom of six beautiful children. My own personal birth experiences include one unmedicated hospital birth and five home waterbirths. The  experiences I had with their births were what fueled my desire to help other women achieve their own positive birth experiences. Working with expectant parents is something I believe God has called me to do, and I view it as a ministry as well as a job. I am certified with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) as both a labor doula and a childbirth educator, and was an accredited La Leche League leader for several years. I continue to work on increasing my knowledge and improving my skills through additional training and conferences.

 In my opinion, there isn’t any one “right” way to give birth. While I do believe that God designed our bodies, that His design is perfect, and that an unmedicated labor is generally safest for both mother and baby, I also believe that there are times that interventions can be beneficial. I believe that women are able to give birth most effectively and enjoyably when they are allowed to labor wherever they feel the most comfortable, in whatever position they prefer, with whomever they desire for emotional and physical support. I view my role as twofold – to supply the expectant parents with the information they need in order to make the choices that are best for them, and to provide encouragement, reassurance, and physical comfort measures for the mother. I have supported women in hospital, birth center, and home births, and I am familiar with and supportive of alternative medicine practices.

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When I was trying to put my birth philosophy into words, I thought for a long time about which ones would best describe the things that I felt were most important in the birth process. I eventually settled on four: knowledge, faith, strength, and peace. Here’s a little bit about why I chose each one.

 

  • Knowledge:  It’s crucial to making good choices regarding your birth. The old saying “knowledge is power” couldn’t be more true. Without  knowledge regarding prenatal care, labor, and birth, you don’t even know you *have* choices, much less what they are, and which ones are right for you. You need to take the time to educate yourself as much as possible, and I am here to help provide you with information and resources. The companion to knowledge is wisdom – knowing what to do with the information you acquire.

  • Faith – in God’s design of our bodies is also important. Many people today are afraid of birth –  afraid it will hurt; afraid something will go wrong; afraid they won’t be able to handle it. If you can see giving birth as a natural process, something that He designed us to do, it changes your perspective and helps alleviate those fears.  And that’s a good thing, because fear in labor can increase pain, slow the progress of labor, and even cause complications with the birth. With that said, I don’t believe that having faith guarantees you a smooth, easy birth – or that if you have a long and/or difficult labor that it indicates a lack of faith. The key is to trust that whatever your birth looks like, God will give you what you need to help you through it.

  • Strength: I do believe that strength, both physical and mental, is important for birth. Birth can be physically demanding, and it is important that you prepare for it through exercise and wise food choices. But it is also important that you are strong mentally – to be prepared to make difficult choices and firm in your beliefs. While this can be challenging, the payoff is that many women find birth to be an incredibly empowering experience.

  • Peace: A peaceful birth environment is beneficial to both mom and baby. If mom can be calm and relaxed, labor will generally progress more quickly and easily. This means less stress for baby in transit, and a gentler entry into the world. All that translates into healthier moms and healthier babies, as well as a more pleasant birth experience.

 

Certifications and Additional Training 

  • Received certification as a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE) and Certified Labor Doula (CLD) in 2004. Recertified in 2007, 2010, and 2013.
  • La Leche League of Texas Conference – July 2004
  • Advanced Doula Training (DONA) – January 2005
  • Association of Texas Midwives Conference (focus on VBACs) – May 2005
  • Advanced Comfort Measure Techniques for the Childbirth Professional (CAPPA) – January 2006
  • CAPPA Conference – August 2008
  • Hypno-Doula Course (Hypnobabies) – February 2010
  • Waterbirth Certification Workshop (Waterbirth International) – February 2010
  • La Leche League of Texas Conference – July 2010
  • Labor Doula Training (CAPPA) – April 2013