Nice to meet you.
If you saw me out in public on an average day, you’d recognize me by my pink hair and the three adorable, curly-haired kids following me around asking me every question under the sun. I homeschool my nine- and six-year-old daughters when my two-year-old son allows me the time, and you can often find us at the library or in the arts and craft aisle at Target. Just follow the noise.
My husband Adam and I have been married since 2007 and became parents for the first time in 2009. When I first got pregnant, I became immediately obsessed with all things pregnancy and birth. I wanted to know every little thing that was happening to my body and to my child’s body inside of me. I read and researched, we took an invaluable childbirth education series, and I wound up switching care providers to pursue the birth I wanted. The day my ten-pound baby girl came into the world through the power of my own body unassisted unlocked something inside me I hadn’t known existed.
Experiencing childbirth on my own terms transformed the way I saw myself. I knew after that day that I could do anything I set my mind to, and it gave me the confidence I needed to face raising my daughter in a world that is rarely respectful of parents’ decisions. After the birth of my second daughter in 2012, I decided to pursue training as a doula. I wanted to share with other women the secret no one had told me: your body can do this! I trained with DONA International in 2014, and began attending births a few months later. At the end of 2015, my family relocated to the Chicago suburbs, and my son was born the following year.
I could not be happier to be serving Chicagoland families at the most exciting time in their lives. Witnessing babies welcomed into the world by loving, prepared parents is one of the great joys of my life.
Birth is individual. There are as many ways to bring a child into your family as there are families in the world. I respect that only you know what is right for your family.
You may choose "natural birth" with as few interventions as you can manage, or you may schedule your cesarean. You may plan a water birth at home, or you may desire epidural pain relief as soon as you can get it. Complications or previous experiences may influence your plans, or you may have a worry-free dream of a pregnancy and delivery.
I believe it is your right to plan a birth experience in which you feel safe and comfortable. Whether you choose home birth, a birth center, a mainstream hospital setting or birth by cesarean, you deserve support and the tender care of those who wish to see you succeed. I would be honored to work with you to create a birth memory that forever fills you with the pride and joy that pregnancy inspires.