Gratitude + Passion
My heart is filled with gratitude for my family who make themselves available at a moment’s notice. This allows me to tend to my doula families when I’m needed…Thank you! Being a doula is my passion and I am fortunate to have their support to ‘doula’ what I love to do.
I have been fascinated with birth since childhood and my curiosity intensified while in college. I grew up in the country taking care of animals and witnessing birth. One of my best childhood memories includes staying up late at night with a mama dog as she whelped her pups. Those experiences taught me how magical, yet ordinary life can be.
The experience that cemented my decision to become a doula was the birth to my first baby. I became aware of those around me during this special moment, and how they made me feel. I will never forget my husband supporting me with his body weight, along with my midwives’ knowing and reassuring smile. The love and encouragement I received made me feel safe, and capable, not just in birthing but also in caring for my baby as a new mother. Providing this sense of honor, respect and belief to the families I serve is profoundly important and that is why I became a doula.
Training + Certification
In 2014, I completed my doula training through DONA International. I later began to volunteer with Better Beginnings For Babies, a non-profit organization providing free doula support to women in need.
Since then, I have become a certified Lactation Specialist and attended various trainings to integrate to my practice: Spinning Babies, placenta encapsulation, and Rebozo to name a few.
In 2015, I formed North Bay Birth Services, a partnership with another doula, and gained invaluable experience from 2015-2019.
Motivated to be the best doula I can be, I continue to immerse myself in all things birth. My goal is to continue to grow as a person in this field and expand my knowledge to better assist the individuals and families who put their trust in me. Family Focus Doula Care is a safe space for all families who have diverse values.
My goal is to create an environment that is safe, respected, inclusive, meaningful and supported. My focus is to help individuals and families feel confident and connected as they experience the birth of their baby. Helping work through any anxiety or fear as they visualize what they would like for their birth knowing that whatever route it takes they are strong, capable, and held.