My Husband and I welcomed our first daughter River in 2013 and our second daughter Sage in 2015 both with amazing Midwives which changed how we looked at birth. They made the journey enjoyable, answered all my questions and followed my birth plans and wishes. This was my first introduction to birth work.
With all my experience with babies and children, I thought I would have motherhood in the bag! Turns out I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I assumed nine months was enough time to prepare myself to be a Mother but it took me an entire year to figure out the kind of mother I was, not who I thought I should be. I struggled with breastfeeding, feeling isolated, postpartum depression and living in constant fear of everything all the time. The idea of having such a small helpless baby relying on you 24/7 for everything was overwhelming. The rewards always outweigh the challenges but the loss of identity and sleep deprivation was taking its toll. This is where a doula would have been soo helpful and supportive but I didn’t even realize they were for aftercare not just birth.
This realization brought me to seek out a new way of supporting infants and families. A friend also a Birth Doula informed me about becoming a postpartum & infant care doula and it turned out to be the perfect fit. I could educate and support families, infants and moms helping them care for them their new babies. It is my passion to support the birthing parent through recovery, help families adjust to this new life and the baby’s adjustment to life on the outside. I am so grateful to be a support for families that everyone needs after welcoming a new life into the world. I am so grateful to be a part of growing a group of strong and compassionate birth workers.