I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Joey, for 18 years. We have been blessed with 3 girls and 1 boy during that time. We also experienced the heartbreak of miscarriage, and the joy that our rainbow baby brought to our whole family. I have loved all things relating to birth and babies for as long as I can remember. I drew a picture when i was very little, showing me being a “baby nurse.” Having had 3 hospital induction births and 1 spontaneous natural hospital birth as well as being high risk for the majority of my pregnancies, I understand the medical side of pregnancy and birth. I also loved each of my births, for all of their similarities and differences. I never had a professional doula. For my first birth I was blessed to have my mom and an amazing nurse help me. They rubbed my back, had me change positions, breathed with me, and helped me achieve the vaginal birth I wanted. I did not have this for my other births, and I wish I had had someone there to help me focus, it would have made it easier and more relaxing. I was able to successfully breastfeed all four of my kids. I breastfed anywhere from 18 months to 3 years old, depending on the kid and their needs. I have dealt with almost all of the typical breastfeeding hurdles, including a baby that had multiple food intolerances that changed my diet drastically. I have learned from each of these circumstances and hope that I can pass along my wisdom and encouragement to other moms. As a doula I have experience with both natural birth, induction birth and c-section moms. I also have worked with NICU families and pumping moms. I also have personal experience with cloth diapering, baby wearing and co-sleeping. Over the years as I have read and researched, I believe that as women we need to be more in awe of how our bodies work and are capable of birth. Because of this, I decided to also become a childbirth instructor. I want more moms to be able to advocate for themselves and understand their bodies and the birthing process. I believe every mom, no matter the situation, can have an amazing birth.
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Missions (2003)
Birth Boot Camp Doula and Instructor (2019)
Spinning Babies Training (2020)
Midwives Assistant (2021)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (2021)
CPR Heartsavers and AED (2021)
Brilliant Birth Placenta Encapsulation (2022)
Doulas of Northeast Tennessee
Birth Boot Camp Doulas and Instructors
Labor and birth doula services include prenatal appointments, access to a library of books, a doula client book, post partum support in person and virtually.