Mothering the Mother in the Fourth Trimester
Doula is the Greek word for a woman who serves other women. For more than 20 years I have been passionate about serving moms. My goal is to give the mom and the new family the confidence to parent; working myself out of a job. I like to say, don’t doula this alone; women need other women especially after giving birth. As a caring professional, I share techniques, tools, and personalized recommendations, to support families emotionally and physically as they transition to life with a newborn; This is Mothering the Mother in the Fourth Trimester.
David & Dani, with baby Emma, Allie, me & Don, Brittany & Patrick
My highest calling is to be the best wife and mother. After 30 years of marriage and raising three children, I have learned--sometimes the hard way--I must trust the Lord for their physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. By the grace of God, today, our son is a pilot in the US Air Force. He and his wife currently live in Montana where he is stationed. Our daughter, Allie is a Registered Nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, and our youngest and her husband welcomed their daughter, our first grandchild, into the world in November 2019. My husband Don and I are so blessed and enjoy sharing our dream beach home with each of them.
As your Postpartum Doula, I will coach and mentor you with best practices for:
Feeding including breastfeeding, pumping, and bottle-feeding
Building a personalized routine for your baby including best practices for sleeping, eating, and stimulation
Basic infant care including product recommendations and proper use of equipment
Light housekeeping, meal preparation, household organization
Family support and coordination, including support with siblings
Emotional support and empowering you to be the best mom to your baby
Certified Lactation Educator CLE (CAPPA)
M.A. Organizational Leadership
Concentration: Coaching and Mentoring
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 2015
B. A. Infant and Toddler Development
Wheelock College, Boston, MA 1989
January 2019 - Completed 20 hours of breastfeeding education as a comprehensive training program endorsed by UVA School of Medicine, VA Department of Health, and The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
March 2019 - Earned a certificate in support for new moms struggling with anxiety and mood disorders associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
A postpartum doula is not a medical professional. I will not administer, prescribe or direct any medical treatment. However, I am there to nurture, educate, assess, and refer you to other professionals, in order for you to have the most success as a new mom.