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’m Sam and I’m so glad you’re here.

Welcome!

About Me

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 women navigate their pregnancies and prepare for their births,

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.

As I worked with more and more families, I began to see the disconnect in traditional childbirth education methods and the family unit as a whole. Couples were being prepared for their baby’s birth date and first few weeks of infant life, but the skills and understanding to navigate life after those initial days were non-existent.

Birth is about family

Thus, the birth of Created For.

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 have 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. 

What’s a life quote (by me) I would want to be known for? 

“Birth is about family…….something along that line”

I’m a 3 with a real heavy 4 wing on the Enneagram. Basically, I live in an internal battle between super task-oriented achiever and brooding artist. 

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My favorite thing to do on a day off is head to a movie theater for a solo date.

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I believe a hammock is a life staple.

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I would rather drink kombucha than coffee, or any other beverage for that matter.

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I dream of tossing my iPhone into a body of water at least once a month (told ya, heavy 4 wing...).

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