Each of the Doulas are trained and certified (or working toward certification). Each has a unique story and passion fueling their desire to work with you in your journey. Take some time getting to know each of them in order to choose your best fit.
I have three different things that drove me to wanting to pursue work as a doula. I first learned of a doula when I was pregnant with my first baby. I was researching information on natural birth and learned that a doula would be beneficial. I asked a friend to be a doula for me but when my labor turned into a traumatic struggle and my birth plan went totally awry, I realized that a trained doula MIGHT have been able to help me more in ways that my friend couldn’t. I became curious about how a trained doula differs from a support person, husband, mother, nurse etc.
Later that year, I went to work at a boutique through a cloth diaper company called Cotton Babies. I learned many things in that year in terms of product, cloth diapering, baby wearing, etc. But what I walked away with after that year was a very real realization that I loved to help, support, encourage, and educate mothers and see them succeed in what they want to do. Lastly, I feel as though my identified “mission” in the world has been developed in me since I was young. Based on my skill set and interests, I have had a difficult time assuming I had to choose between being a teacher, counselor, social worker, ministry leader, or stay home mother. I feel as though becoming a doula for birth and postpartum beautifully combines features of all these vocations and my heart is at peace finally being able to settle on something that suits me so well.
I am a wife to my husband (Josh) and we have been married since 2014. We have (so far) made three babies together: Adeline (2016) and Calvin (2018) and Louis (2020). My first labor was a difficult medicated hospital experience, my second was a wonderful natural hospital, and my third was a home birth-absolutely beautiful and exactly what I planned. I like knowing I have all three experiences tucked in my pocket. I enjoy most any outdoor activities, and volunteering at my church. When I am not doing doula activities, I am home with my babies playing and enjoying the great city of Grand Rapids!
I started my doula career after going through my own difficult experiences with birth trauma, postpartum depression and anxiety, and struggling to find a complete support network. Now I’m on a never-ending quest to help people enter parenthood with health and happiness. I continue to offer new services, attend workshops and conferences so I can offer families well-rounded support. It fills me with joy to be able to help families like yours build a strong foundation.
I grew up in Clarkston, MI and moved to the greater Grand Rapids area for college at Grand Valley State University where I earned my bachelor's degree in behavioral science. I live in East Grand Rapids with my husband Josh and our children, Fiona and Dawson. Some of my favorite things include chocolate, yoga, horses and musicals. If you walk by my house you will likely hear my children and I signing along to a Hamilton song.
Birth has been on my mind since I was young. I remember standing in front of my class as a teen and telling everyone "I want to help women have great births". I went to college, took online childbirth education courses, and read everything I could get my hands on to immerse myself in the birth world! And I haven't stopped! As a Doula and Educator, I am in constant pursuit of tools and knowledge to empower you in your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period! I use an intuitive and evidence based approach when supporting my clients. Your whole experience matters, and I can't wait to support you through a positive and empowering pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period!
I have always wanted to help people. I have always been fascinated by pregnancy, labor, and birth. When I finally experienced it myself, it was magical. With the support of my doula and my family I was able to successfully have the birth experience that I desired for myself. After my personal experience with birth, I felt even more pushed towards helping mothers bring babies into the world. Even though I toyed with the thought of being a doula on and off for about a year, I always talked myself out of it for one reason or another. Finally my husband pushed me to sign up for an online doula training and it was one of the scariest and most exciting things I’ve ever committed to. But after completing the course, I felt so proud and ready for the next step in my journey and dove right in.
As your doula, I want to help make your ideal birthing experience a reality. I want to help you feel comfortable with your provider, secure with your support team and inspire confidence in the decisions you are making. I want you to feel ready and excited to go into labor - I want you to enjoy this amazing and life changing journey.
I am a 22 year old wife and mother who loves planning and learning. I spend most of my time playing with my daughter and pouring into my family, or pouring into myself with quiet time of reading, crafting, or devotions.
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