I started to pursue my calling through a DONA training workshop in 2016, then later added on my IPPA placenta encapsulation training in 2017, and am Blood Born Pathogen certified. In 2017 I also started working as a birth assistant for different home birth midwives and have a current neo-natal resuscitation certification.
First and foremost I am a momma to Santana, Valerie and Joaquin, as well as two angel babies lost through miscarriages. I have had an unmedicated hospital birth, D & C (dilation and curettage following miscarriage), and two home births. I have struggled with an unwanted pregnancy, postpartum depression, and losses.
I truly believe my experiences are why God has called me into birth work. I became interested in birth after my eldest was born in 2014. I started my to pursue my calling through doula trainings and births, later adding placenta encapsulation. I hope to continue expanding my birth services to support more women and families on their journey from pregnancy, to birth, to postpartum and parenthood.
My family, including our dog Daisy, lives in Zeeland, MI. My husband, Adam, has been an unwavering support for me throughout our personal birth experiences, as well as while I pursue my calling to aid others on their birth journey. I also love the water! I teach swim lessons and coach swimming locally.
The journey from fertility and pregnancy, to birth, postpartum, and into parenthood is an incredible one. Although in many ways we are blessed to live in the age of technology, it can also complicate our lives. In a time when information and opinions are just a click away, it can be harder than ever to know what the options really are so you can decide what is best for your family. Doulas can help!
For centuries, female birth companions (doulas) have been helping families grow. My primary goal as a doula is to support and encourage you, your partner, and your baby. I believe that every family deserves the best birth possible, the available evidence to make informed choices, and 100% support no matter what.
I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural parts of life, not medical conditions needing treatment. Although medical intervention is a wonderful resource when necessary, women are far stronger and more capable than they know or give themselves credit for. A woman's informed, mindful wishes should be allowed to direct her birth. However, I also believe that birth is just one part of a whole and that the best experience can be gained when pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are all treated as equally important.
Most of all, I believe that being a part of a family’s birth experience is both an immense blessing and an extraordinary privilege!