I am a mother of three, grandmother of five. I have always loved babies, and so after my children grew up and ventured forth on their own, I retired from my corporate job and became a birth doula. I live with my wonderful husband, who gets almost as excited about birth as I do, and three little dogs.
My passion and mission is to provide birthing women and their partners with loving support for a memorable and positive birth experience. Whether you are preparing for your first birth or your tenth, whether you are planning a home birth, a hospital birth or birth at a birthing center, I can help make a difference in your experience.
I am a certified birth doula with DONA International. DONA requires that we complete a recertification process every three years ensuring that we strive to educate ourselves and improve our skills on an ongoing basis. In addition, we are required to complete continuing education training each year. I am also an ICEA trained childbirth educator.
I am the mother of two lovely grown daughters and a grandmother. It was through their births that my desire to assist women in childbirth began. My first birth was in a hospital with a nurse midwife. My midwife was amazed at the ability of a 20 year old to deliver completely natural after only six hours of labor (I read Childbirth Without Fear…). I was equally impressed by my midwife and began to set goals as a young single mother to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. My second child was born at home with the assistance of a midwife and family. Both births were amazingly positive experiences!
I am an Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Lactation Consultant as well as a Certified Doula. I have more than 25 years of women’s healthcare experience specializing in obstetrics. I am very excited to be joining Nashville Birth and Babies as a lactation consultant and doula. I want to empower you and your partner through education, physical, and emotional support for a positive birth and breastfeeding experience. For some it is a natural birth and for others it may be receiving labor anesthesia. There is no single or right way. A healthy, confident mother and baby are the goal! It’s your birth, your way.
Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are natural processes and your body already knows what to do.