I believe that the birth of a child is without a doubt one of the most life changing moments in a person’s life. It is a moment that will live on in the hearts and minds of those who have experienced it. As a Labor Support Specialist, Doula, and childbirth educator it is my goal to provide expectant couples with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their childbirth experience. I believe that childbirth is a normal healthy process and that women have the ability to give birth in a way that is normal and natural for them. Although I encourage women to consider the possibility of natural childbirth, I feel that it is my job and obligation to present information about all aspects of birth including medical technology, interventions, and medications in an unbiased, comprehensive, evidence-based format. In doing so, this will provide the expectant couple with enough knowledge and information to allow them to make their own personal choices regarding their birth.

I believe that a woman’s perception of her ability and strength to give birth is greatly affected by the amount of support she is given. The more encouraged she feels the more equipped she is to have a positive birth experience. I believe a woman should have the right to give birth the way she desires, in an environment where she feels safe, nurtured, and secure and where her emotional, physical, and personal needs are met and respected. The birthing woman should also have the opportunity to receive full support for making informed decisions about what is best for her and her baby based on their individual beliefs and values. I also believe that babies are sensitive, aware human beings and should be acknowledged and treated respectfully at the time of birth.

Pregnancy and birth are milestone events in a woman’s life. The childbirth experience, whether it be positive or negative, will greatly affect the woman, her partner, and their child. It is my goal to provide the means necessary to help these couples create the positive experience they so deeply desire.