I offer birth doula services in cooperation with Kelly Foerster of All Together, A Doula Service and Jennifer Ivans of Beautiful Beginnings, LLC. For each doula client I select one of these lovely ladies to work with in providing prenatal, birth, and postpartum support.
I became a doula to offer women and their partners the confidence and resources to make informed decisions about their birth and to encourage birth experiences that are spiritual and emotional experiences rather than medical events alone.
My path to working in the childbirth field began while I was reading the book Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup. It was an introduction to the idea of women's bodies as vessels of mystery, wisdom, and creativity. At no time are these qualities more apparent or important than when a woman carries and gives birth to a child - her ultimate creation. From childbirth education to breastfeeding support, I greatly enjoy offering my skills in support of the childbearing continuum. Through HypnobabiesTM classes and doula services I hope to further a client's desire to give birth peacefully and with confidence. I am open to working at all types of births as a doula and welcome the opportunity to work with non-traditional families, including same-sex couples.
I first heard about doulas in a Coloradoan news article in about 1995. After reading about a doula's role in childbirth, my first thought was, "I wish I had a doula at my son's birth!" After a second disappointing birth experience, and after starting the process to become a childbirth educator, I again stumbled upon doulas. This time my understanding about how important a doula's role is in educating and supporting families through this adventure became more clear. I felt a true calling to encourage each woman I have the privilege of attending to be an advocate for herself and her child. There is nothing quite as rewarding as being a part of this wonderful process.
For information on Kelly's childbirth and breastfeeding classes, please contact The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado at 970.493.7442.
For information on Jennifer's services, please visit her Beautiful Beginnings website.
Congratulations on the excitement of your baby’s upcoming birth! I have been extremely blessed in raising eight children and have an incredible passion for the birthing process! My psychology degree from CSU compliments my state certification as a doula and my breastfeeding support training to offer you the best possible care.