I've been a birth junkie all my life!
When I was really young my parents had books about science and life. I read the section about pregnancy and fetal anatomical development all the time. When I was ten years old I asked my mom if I could attend my sisters birth. Being there for my moms labor and my sisters birth was AWESOME! She was in a posterior position which made it a long labor. I helped Sylvia, my mom's midwife, make a comfry compress. We walked for countless hours and then finally a miracle happened, Angie was born! I was immediately hooked. Three years later I attended my sister Bekah's Birth. After she was born I brought her placenta into my 8th grade science class. I still love inspecting placentas! I went with my mom to the Minnesota Statehouse to lobby for legislation legalizing midwifery in the 90's
I knew that I wanted to be a doula as soon as I knew what doulas were. In 2004 I took a DONA doula training from Gail Tully of Spinning Babies. I worked as a Doula in Minneapolis for a couple of years then we moved to Lafayette, IN so that my husband Jonathan could pursue a PhD in mechanical Engineering. While we lived in Indiana I worked for Believe Midwifery Services as a birth assistant. I'm really grateful for my experiences there. While there I attended many births and was able to learn from many unique situations. I was priveledged to attend "butter births", water births, External Versions, Transfers, VBAC's and much more. I learned a lot from Penny and the rest of the team at Believe. While working there I was certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and the STABLE program. While It is outside of my scope of practice as a doula to perform in any medical capacity I am better able to help the family I am working with understand situations involving these activities should they arise because of my training.
Personal Birth Experience
I have given birth to two live children and one still baby. Each experience was unique and taught me incredible things about myself. Genevieve's labor and delivery was long, difficult, and at a hospital birth center. Andrew's birth lasted about 40 minutes at a freestanding birth center. I had wonderful support at both births. I delivered Hope at home with Believe Midwifery Services. Because of Hope I have decided to become certified as a stillbirthday doula, so that I can help other families who experience the pain of loss.
I am currently attending DMACC and pursuing a degree in Nursing. Once I complete my nursing program I intend to continue on to Midwifery School. I feel blessed to know what I want to do with my life and to have the opportunity to pursue it.
For years my friends and family told me I should become a midwife, but I always felt it was not the path I should take. I wanted to be able to advocate for change in the birth community and I was afraid that pursuing a traditional woman's career such as midwifery would not make my voice loud enough to be heard. One day I was driving in my car, missing birth work, when I had an epiphany of sorts. It shook me. I knew that I was supposed to pursue midwifery; so here I go confidently in that direction.