Getting to know me

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The first time I really thought about birth was when I was in high school. I knew I wanted to be a mom one day and was thinking about what pregnancy and birth would be like. I remember knowing that birth was something I wanted to feel and embrace wasn’t until I got pregnant with my first child that I started thinking again what I wanted from my birth experience. How I wanted to feel as I brought my baby into the word. I did my best to educate myself. I read books, watched birth videos and looked up all I could online on natural birth. However without knowing where to look for good resources and what questions to ask my care providers, I ended up with a less than desirable birth. You can read about that birth experience here.  This birth ignited a spark in me. I became passionate  in my desire to have a different birth next time, that would empower me. I achieved that. I’ve had a cesarean birth, hospital VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and a home birth.

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All of my children and their birth have challenged and changed me in different ways. I’ve learned to let go, that nothing is really in my control and that every thing is better with a sense of humour, especially when it’s me I’m laughing at. The biggest think I have learned about myself is how much I love bringing other women up. I have helped women with breastfeeding, taught friends how to baby wear and in general have been the go to person for all things birth and baby because of the countless hours I spend researching.

I have completed my training with Wise Woman Way of Birth. I have been volunteering as a La Leche League Leader for the past 2 years helping women with their questions and concerns around breastfeeding. I’m currently continuing my education in lactation studies. I truly love volunteer work and have volunteered for several organizations over the years including Camp Goodtimes, Dreams Take Flight and as a speaker for the Terry Fox Foundation.

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I was born in Texas and moved to BC when I was a child. I grew up on the Lower Mainland and recently made the move to the Sunshine Coast. My other interest includes trying to drink my coffee while it’s still hot, soaking in my huge tub and watching Suits. I’m very excited to connect with families as a doula on the Sunshine Coast and help them get the birth they desire.

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