I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 with a degree in health education. During my first pregnancy, we stumbled upon taking Bradley Method Childbirth classes. I had never really considered natural childbirth, but learned so much through our classes. We had a wonderful, natural birth in the hospital with an OB.
I would not have been able to meet my goals without my husband's support and encouragement, which is one of many reasons I wanted to become a Bradley instructor. I went through the training process in 2007 during my second pregnancy, and finished my first series the week before she was born. My second labor and birth were at home with a midwife. I had my third baby in 2011. He was almost an unplanned unassisted birth, but paramedics made it just in time for his arrival. My fourth baby was born at home in 2016. I have experienced many labor scenarios personally, and have helped at 90 births as a doula in home, birth center and hospital settings.
Since 2011, I have been certified as a labor doula and lactation educator through CAPPA. I am currently training to sit for the IBCLC exam to become a lacatation consultant. I am also a Professional Member at Evidence Based Birth®, where I receive frequent continuing education on the best practices in the field. I also completed Rebozo (a labor comfort measure) certification in 2016, and certification with Stillbirthday as a bereavement doula in 2017.
Comprehensive natural childbirth preparation classes will help you give birth confidently. Twelve weeks of classes with The Bradley Method will prepare couples to give birth naturally in either hospital or out-of-hospital. Breastfeeding classes are included.
I offer home visits for breastfeeding help under the supervision of an experienced lactation consultant as I train for the IBCLC exam.
After experiencing the benefits of placenta encapsulation, I wanted to offer this service to women in BCS. I certified with Placenta Benefits in 2012 and have helped around 300 women with placenta encapsulation.