In 2008 I graduated from nursing school, Magna Cum Laude, at George Mason University. I was in the National Nursing Honor Society and was given an amazing job as an intensive care nurse right out of school at an awesome hospital, with an awesome work environment.
How in the heck did I get here? A doula, a warrior mom, a loss mom, a childbirth educator and soon to be a postpartum placenta specialist!
How in the world did this happen? I am still paying off that wonderful nursing education I had. Well the truth......we had kids and I suffered from postpartum depression after our second. That rocked my world, my husband's world and our marriage.
I love our kids dearly; I mean with every fiber of my body. I had a beautiful HypnoBirth with my daughter in the hospital. Then our second came 19 months later at home. Six weeks post birth I was a postpartum mess, becoming a warrior mom of postpartum depression. I could no longer work the long hospital shifts and the nights and weekends. I also was getting fed up with the politics of the abundantly wealthy hospital administration. I found a job at an outpatient vascular center and worked a few days a week getting home in time for dinner. It was perfect, for a while. I became a certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator (HBCE) a little over a year after our son was born.
I began teaching HypnoBirthing immediately after certification. Less than a year into teaching, I had couples asking me to be their doula. October 2013, I took my official doula training with the wonderful Lorie McCoy and Dr. Vivian Keeler at the HypnoBirthing Conclave and have since been attending births as a doula and many workshops and certifications to grow my knowledge.
I absolutely love being a doula and educating women. It is a humbling experience to see the strength in women as they welcome their babies. It took a few years and a nontraditional path, but I have found my career niche.
I am a mother of three angel babies. A few years ago I learned of an organization called, StillBirthday. I became a certified bereavement doula to help other mothers through loss and their subsequent pregnancies after loss. I know it doesn't get easier but having people around to support you and honor you as a mother can make a world of difference in healing.
I have written this as my first blog post so you can know my journey and know me better. This is a place to continue educating my students, community and others as they journey through their birth years and parenting. Welcome to Peace On Birth! Now enough talk about me, let's get more peace here.