Gretchen Thomas
Childbirth Educator
Lapeer, Michigan
2 years of experience
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About me

My philosophy is that birth is a normal and natural process. Women have an innate ability to birth their babies. Our bodies and our babies are perfectly designed for the journey. If you’ve never given birth before, let me be the first to assure you that you hold an incredible power within to grow, birth, and nourish your baby after they’re born. I believe in your power and the strength of women. Pregnancy and birth are incredibly transforming experiences in the life of a woman and her family. The stories and people that you surround yourself with during the months of pregnancy and at your birth have the potential to either enhance or diminish your belief in yourself. Every woman and birth deserves to be respected and held in a caring environment. Empowering yourself with education and support for birth helps build confidence in your ability to give birth. Education allows you to be an active participant on your journey into motherhood. It helps lead to higher rates of satisfaction of your birthing experience and a reduction in fear and anxiety. It is also associated with higher rates of vaginal birth.

Certification and training

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (2021)

Credentials
LCCE NRP
Specialties
Birth Assistant Birth Doula Birth Support Breastfeeding Support Childbirth Education Evidence-Based Care Healthy Eating Home Birth Labor Doula Massage Natural Birth Natural Childbirth Newborn Care Positive Thinking Postpartum Care Postpartum Doula Care Support during Labor, Birth, and Postpartum Water birth
Languages

English

Service introduction

In class you will learn various tools on how to cope with labor along with understanding the process. Your partner will learn ways to help support you and what to expect. We cover topics such as stages of labor, movement and labor positions, medical interventions, coping methods, decision making, the rights of childbearing women, breastfeeding, and much more. You also have the opportunity to meet and connect with other parents in your community.