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 two babies together: Adeline (2016) and Calvin (2019). My first labor was a horrendous experience, and my second was absolutely beautiful and exactly what I planned. I like knowing I have both experiences tucked in my pocket. I enjoy crafting, doing 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.
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