I serve as a birth doula in the Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho area. I have three beautiful children and have been so blessed by having doulas by my side throughout two of my birth journeys. I am so thankful for the opportunity to help you prepare for your labor and delivery and provide continuous labor support. I have a background PE and Health Education (K-12), and I have worked with teen parents which lead me to my passion as a birth doula. I love hiking, running, watching my family laugh, and having coffee with people I love.
How I Assist
Informative and Compassionate
After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, I am committed to the wellbeing of your growing family, and available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy. I will meet with you at least three times to provide you with resources and information so you can make informed decisions about your birth desires. I will also help prepare you and your partner for labor support emotionally and physically. Whether you desire to have a scheduled cesarean birth, epidural, vaginal birth after cesarean, or unmedicated vaginal delivery, I am here to help you prepare well.
Here for You
I am here for you and your partner throughout your birth journey. I will help your birth partner assist you in labor. I can also assist with breastfeeding right after delivery if needed. I serve to provide emotional and physical support during labor and delivery, and it's my goal to provide a positive birth experience for the parents.
I will stay with you for one to two hours after delivery and ensure breastfeeding is going well as you begin to feel settled. I like to do a postpartum meeting about one week after delivery to process your birth experience and provide additional resources. Thank you for the honor to be at your side throughout your birth journey.
Planned Cesarean Birth? Planning an Epidural?
You may be wondering if having a doula would be helpful for your birth if you are planning a cesarean birth or planning on having an epidural. The answer is, absolutely!
Cesarean Birth Services:
Two prenatal visits (including an optional massage before delivery day to practice relaxation), emotional support during pre-operation, delivery (if hospital allows), after delivery, and help with initial breastfeeding for several hours. Also, a next day visit, and eight hours of postpartum support for the first two- four weeks postpartum.
If you are planning on having an epidural, it is important to know how to manage your labor in a relaxed way before getting the epidural. It's not a matter of when you get your epidural, but it's what you do before! Getting your baby in an optimal position is key! Once you get your epidural, I will help move you into a different position every 30-45 minutes (with the permission of the nursing staff) to help get your baby in an ideal position for a vaginal delivery. All services and support are the same as listed above.
Qualifications and Pricing
Education and Background
DONA International Trained Birth Doula
DONA International is a well respected doula training organization. It is the most well-known birth training program in hospitals. Professionalism and excellence are high priorities for DONA. I am proud to say I have trained with an amazing organization who has prepared me well to help families have a positive birth experience.
Health Education (K-12)
I have a degree from Western Washington University in PE and Health Education. I have taken courses such as anatomy and physiology, bio mechanics, functional anatomy, biology, nutrition, and many pedagogy courses that help bring a special asset to my work as a birth doula. I am so thankful for the education and training I have received, and I am so grateful to be able to use it for your birth journey!
I am a mom of three young kids. I have worked with teen moms and have helped support and educate them as new parents. I have taught Health Education in Burundi, Africa, and The Hague, Netherlands. I have been a substitute teacher in many different school districts in western and eastern Washington as a stay-at-home mom. I have been a lifeguard and swim instructor, and I have worked with at-risk youth at a summer camp. I love teaching!
Birth Doula Services: $700
Planned Cesarean: $500 (Includes 8 hours of postpartum care).
Do you have fast labors? If your labor is less than 5 hours, I will provide 4 hours (two, 2-hour sessions) of postpartum care.
I believe every woman should have a doula. If financial circumstances are preventing you from hiring a doula, I have a scholarship application that I can provide at your first prenatal appointment. Feel free to email me with any questions!
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Pslam 139:13-14
Please contact me with any questions you may have. I am happy to answer you!