I am the Founder and Postpartum Doula behind Healing Touch. Healing Touch was created to support women and their families as they make their journey into parenthood. As a mother myself, I know how having a child transforms who you are, and I am honored to be part of this life-changing process. My desire to become a postpartum doula began after I experienced the struggles that come along with having a newborn. Although the fourth trimester is a very exciting time, it can also be extremely challenging. There was so much I didn’t know, especially around my mental health and what to expect. With my firstborn, my labor and delivery was long and hard, which led me to having certain interventions I didn’t plan on. For the next few months, I had feelings of inadequency and really struggled emotionally. I did not have close family living nearby to help and though it was tough at times, this journey gave me a profound appetite to support others in their postpartum journey. I have a passion for celebrating the postpartum period and educating, empowering, and helping families. When I’m not working as a doula, you can find me at home spending time with my husband and two boys (5 and 7), cuddling up with a good book or boating on Lake Norman.
Bachelor in Science in Family Studies and Human Development (1998)
DOLA International Training (2022)
Nurturing of the new parent: provide suggestions to assist with the post-birth recovery period, help with processing the birthing experience, analysis of rest and nourishment needs, meal or snack prep, a supporting sound board, and intuitively caring for the needs of the home so the parent can rest. Newborn care education: help with building your confidence in the basics of infant care, such as bathing, circumcision care, dressing, cloth or disposable diapering, infant soothing techniques, and tips on how to build good newborn sleep patterns. Newborn feeding support: trained and and experienced in both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, and can provide numerous resource recommendations to assist, if needed. Family adjustment: support during the fourth trimester while the family (including partners, siblings, extended family and furry family members) adjusts to life with a new baby. Sibling care: care for older children so that parents and baby can have time to bond and rest. Household care: meal prep, laundry, vacuuming, dishes, light cleaning, plant care, and errand-running.