Mother to Mothers
Wife of 40 years,
mother to 9, grandmother to 14
Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, State of Texas Breastfeeding Educator
I have received training in
Accupressure Comfort Measures
TENS Unit for Labor Comfort
My journey to becoming a doula began with my personal birth experiences,
though I didn’t realize it at the time.
My first son was born by a true emergency c-section. He would not have survived if we had not had the availability of a surgical birth. I planned a VBAC for my second son, but when we arrived at the hospital, a different course was chosen for me. Three years later, I changed providers and had a successful unmedicated hospital VBA2C with a wonderful provider, but many precautionary interventions.
I went on to have 9 home births, but 3 of those were born too soon. Nine living children, and three more babies I'm waiting to meet. Most of them were born to a “high risk” mother, several of them born to a mother with “advanced maternal age”, a woman who “shouldn’t” be having a natural birth after two c-sections.
But, because of these experiences, I have a firm belief in a mother’s ability to birth. I am passionate about birth, mothers, babies, and the “rightness” of the process. I believe mothers have an instinct for what is right for them and their baby. For thousands of years millions of women have given birth.
It is a natural process and we, as women, were created to do it.
When my children began to start their own families, they asked me to attend the births of my grand-babies.
Everything fell into place for me.
To be present for a daughter while she brought her baby to the world was why I had
experienced all those different births myself.
To hold her hand and let her know this was normal-everything was happening just as it should;
to wipe her brow, let her cry, tell her she could do this when she began to doubt,
to believe in her and the process,
just felt so right.
Only later I learned the word doula and knew that was what I was doing. It was what I was created to do...
be a mother to mothers.
After discovering that “doula” was an actual career, I began to research how to pursue training for certification. Classes, training births, extra trainings and certifications all fell into place quickly and it is now my delight to serve mothers and families all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.