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Your best birth

Welcome!

As a doula, I am committed to helping you identify the birth you desire, and supporting you in achieving your best birth.

I believe that every woman has an individualized ideal birth, and no two births will look alike.  I support each woman in her birth choices- whether natural, medically managed, or a scheduled cesarean birth. I attend home, birth center, and hospital births.

I provide one prenatal meeting, individualized childbirth preparation, assist in birth planning, provide local resources, attend and support your birth, and provide a postpartum visit within 72 hours of the birth. A doula does not provide any medical care (blood pressure checks, vaginal exams, or "baby catching"), nor do I make medical decisions for you.

 

  

 

Continuing Education

I have an undergraduate degree in general psychology, and a masters degree in marriage and family therapy.  My graduate work research was regarding birth trauma, the first hour, attachment styles and post partum mood disorders.

I am currently in the process of certifying through Birth Arts International. 


I have also completed training in:

 

Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Postpartum Mood Disorders: Best Practices

REACHE: Helping expectant parents understand evidence-based care.

BAI: Birth doula skills workshop

New Horizons in Lactation (2016 and 2017)

Bastyr trained Lactation Educator -  Feb/2017

Bastyr trained Childbirth Educator (Oct 2017)

BAI - Grief and loss during pregnancy (Nov 2017)


              Interview with Cheryl Schmitt from Vital Chiropractic.  

If you'd like to get to know me better, feel free to read my thoughts on my new blog

I am thrilled to be working with Island Birth Association in planning this years OH Baby - Whidbey Island Birth and Baby Fair. 

It will be Sept 29th, and is a free community event.  Please RSVP early to let us know that you will be joining us, and contact IBA if interested in a vendor table or in donating to our cause. Thanks! 

For more up to date information, please follow me on Facebook. 

As one of the initial founders for Island Birth Association, I have continued to be a regular contributor to the resource guides. 

Look for my article of waiting for active labor to begin in this fifth resource guide.