Meet the Doula


I  earned my BSN in 1993 and worked as a registered nurse in  various settings, all maternal-child related, in the states of Oklahoma,  Texas, and right here, in Mobile, Alabama. In 2008 I took a break from nursing  to raise my three young boys and to assist my husband in our church school . During that time I made myself available  to those around me who needed help with breastfeeding and nurtured my  interest in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding in whatever way I  could. I attended Birthing Options Doula Training in the summer and  early fall of 2011, and needless to say, I was hooked! For the next 4  years, I had the honor of attending births and postpartum visits as my  school and family schedules allowed.  Once I was no longer needed in the school,  I created  my birth class curriculum and in 2016 officially launched Beit Birth. I have  furthered my skills in this arena by becoming a Certified Lactation  Counselor (CLC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and  the Center for Breastfeeding. I also have certified through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) as a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE).



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My Motivation

 

The  birth of my children has affected my life in a much greater capacity  than I could ever have imagined. When I became pregnant with my first  child, I naively followed what I thought was the normal path and simply  trusted the system. My husband and I attended the first one or two  hospital-taught childbirth classes but were unable to finish the series  due to scheduling conflicts. A little over 3 weeks from my due date, my  early labor began, and once admitted to the hospital, our excitement  quickly turned to devastation and shock when we were told that our  unborn daughter had passed away. She was delivered vaginally that  evening with a pitocin induction. Looking back, I can see that multiple  warning signs were present, and we possibly could have had a different  outcome had I educated myself and trusted my instincts. Thankfully,  God's peace and comfort sustained us though it was not an easy season.  One year later, our first son was born under the careful watch of a  high-risk ob/gyn. Though I had a successful, pitocin-induced, vaginal  delivery at 38 weeks, he was not fully cooked, so to speak, and our  breastfeeding relationship was not a very good one as a result. His  refusal to continue to nurse at 10 weeks was heart-breaking for me, but  he continued to thrive, and we made it together fine. Almost 3 years  later I birthed another son only 2 days from my due date, still via a  pitocin-induced, vaginal delivery. This little boy breastfed until 14  months - it's getting better!  By the way, I'm so incredibly grateful  that I was able to have three babies induced without a c-section as a  result! So, here I came to my last pregnancy, and knowing I would like  to have a different experience, since it might be my last chance, I  chose to educate myself and plan this birth. I faithfully studied  natural childbirth books and any other resources at my disposal and  created a birth plan. Though I still used an ob/gyn and a hospital, this  labor started and proceeded on its own and resulted in the vaginal  delivery of our third son without the use of pitocin or an epidural. I  was simply amazed that my body knew how and when to birth and that I  could feel so good after having a baby!

      How many times since then have I said I would like a do-over?  Countless! Of course, if I knew then what I have since learned, I would  have approached the first three completely differently and even would  have changed some things with my last child. I am extremely passionate  about making sure that mothers have all of the information they need to  make educated decisions for themselves. Standard hospital policies and  protocols aren't the only choices available for birth. Understanding the  options and how to make educated decisions can mean the difference  between a "normal" birth and a great birth. My goal is to work with moms  and their care providers to create supportive birth teams and to offer  the education and services that Mobile area moms and their families need  to have the birthing and breastfeeding experiences they deserve.