I am a mom, a grandma, and a doula in the Denver, Colorado Metro area. I have been around babies all my life, and my own challenging birth experience made me even more passionate about educating and assisting parents as a doula.
I grew up in a large family, caring for babies since I was very young. I knew I wanted several children of my own, but I was in no rush to have them. I waited until I had been married for several years before trying and then discovered that I had infertility issues. After 6 years, 4 miscarriages, 3 surgeries, lots of drugs, endless blood tests and many “other” tests, I finally birthed my daughter. Even though I had the child I had worked so hard for, the birth experience was not as I had imagined or hoped it would be.
Mom … Grandma … Doula
Because my own birth story is not one that I am satisfied with, I became passionate about women being more educated about birth and being advocates in their own health care.
As a DONA certified birth doula, I am committed to ensuring that women and their partners have the most positive births possible and are empowered by their experiences. Education and information are crucial to being able to make the best choices about birth options and possible interventions that may be suggested. Knowing all the benefits and risks beforehand can positively affect birth outcomes and that is just a piece of the education I offer new parents.
I struggled with breastfeeding my daughter due to hospital interventions and my own lack of information so now I strive to help new moms with this all important way to nourish their babies. As a CAPPA and DONA certified postpartum doula, I work with families before the birth to help eliminate as many as possible of the breastfeeding issues that might occur. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with any problems ahead of time can help ensure successful breastfeeding. Having the support of another woman who has “been there, done that” can be very comforting and encouraging. Just having that support and encouragement around after birth to help with everything from learning to diaper the small, wiggly babe, to cooking a nutritious meal is the best thing for a new mom. This is what I provide for the families I work with. It’s what I did for my own daughter, my family and friends, and what I wish I had had for myself!
I love witnessing new lives coming into this world and the joy and love these babies bring to their families. Providing the much needed services to the families before, during and after birth brings me the satisfaction of knowing that these small humans will have the best start they possibly can in this world.