Since you’ve found this humble corner of the internet, you must be in search of some support as you grow your family. My goal is that you would find hope here, as well as some encouragement and practical resources to guide you on your journey.
So, a little about me...
I haven’t always been the birth enthusiast you see here. When I started college in 2003, my dream was to live in New York City, work in a fancy corporate job, travel the world, and maybe write a novel along the way. Little did I know, I'd wind up sticking close to home, standing by as my world was turned upside down.
In 2001, my mama was diagnosed with a terminal disease and given months to live. As her condition declined over the six years to follow, we spent weeks at a time in the hospital. That time with her was incredible, but it also allowed me to see so much beauty in caring for people. My heart ached to step into people's stories, to offer support and practical care when they needed it most. Something shifted in my heart and I decided to plunge headlong into the world of nursing. That shift took me down a winding road leading to emergency medicine, obstetrics & finally midwifery.
My delight in birth made an early appearance on my journey though. I experienced my first delivery during my freshman year of college when a friend invited me to be part of the birth of her second child. I’ll never forget the sound of my mom’s laughter when I called her the morning he was born, completely stunned by what I had just witnessed. I was exhausted and confused (one word: placenta?!), but I was captivated.
I dove in, eventually gaining certifications as a doula and childbirth educator, attending births as often as I could. I took my passion a step further when I began assisting midwives years later, working to become a midwife myself. Along the way, I partnered with an organization that started women on their own paths to becoming midwives, educating and training across our nation and later, around the world. I have since traded in my scrubs and traveling instructor's hat for the part I love most: educating families.
I have loved helping women navigate their pregnancies and prepare for their births but it was always more than that, for me.
I realized I could help partners understand what to expect and that by educating both parents, mom and dad could feel connected with one another, and their baby all along.
Throughout my years in birth work, I've discovered we are all created with the desire for connection. I believe childbirth education should offer more than the basics on delivering a baby. True education connects the learner with the truth. And that truth is birth is about much more than a day...
I haven’t always been here. When I started college in 2003, I planned on becoming a youth pastor, but declared myself a business major to keep things practical… (#enneagram3).
My interests shifted big time as I was forced to plunge headlong into the medical field during my early college years. In 2001, my mama was diagnosed with a terminal illness and as her condition declined, I began spending weeks at a time in a hospital room with her. As I got to know her medical team, I realized I was feeling drawn to patient care and dove into the world of nursing. That shift took me down a very interesting road leading to level one trauma, emergency and later, obstetrics & midwifery.
The delight over birth made an early appearance on my journey though. I experienced my first ever birth during my freshman year of college when a friend invited me to be part of the birth of her second child. I’ll never forget the sound of my mom’s laughter when I called her the morning he was born, completely stunned by what I had just witnessed. I was exhausted and confused (how had I never heard of a placenta?), but I was captivated. I immediately began working toward becoming a Certified Doula and Certified Childbirth Educator, attending the births of friends of friends as often as I was able. Eventually, strangers began to inquire about hiring me to support them as they labored and I was blown away.
but it was more than that for me. I loved helping couples become families! I loved helping partners understand what to expect and educating both parents so dad could feel connected and involved from the very beginning.
I’ve heard it said that a woman becomes a mother when she learns she’s pregnant, but a man becomes a father when he meets his baby. I see where those folks are coming from, but after working with hundreds of families in several different capacities, I’ve come to find that dads want that same early attachment. And what’s more, they’re just as capable of forming that bond if they’re included, educated and empowered.
I loved helping couples
I loved helping couples become families!
The more couples I worked with, the more evident the disconnect between traditional childbirth education methods and the family unit as a whole became to me. Couples were being prepared for their baby’s birth date and first few weeks of infant life, but the skills and understanding to navigate this huge life transition together were non-existent.
I believe family education is best served from the ground up and engages couples to develop deep unity within their relationship first. It empowers families to educate themselves so they’re prepared when they’re called on to make decisions that make sense for their family. It affords the deep relief and understanding that familial growth does well alongside some scaffolding at the beginning, but grows stronger over its development.
Birth is not about a day. It’s the continuation of what has already been established.
I designed Created For around the simple pursuit of providing education for families. I hope you’ll be encouraged by what you find here, and that you’ll continue to take steps toward preparing not just for your baby’s grand entrance, but for his role in your family.
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