Kelly is a Dona trained Birth doula, certified Hypnobabies Instructor and hypnodoula
I have been blessed with five beautiful children. Their births have taught me much about myself and helped me to grow and learn in ways I never knew possible.
My first two birth experiences were not ideal and honestly quite difficult and included very challenging recoveries; one a cesarean and the other a vaginal birth with an epidural. After my first two births I knew that I wanted things to be different the next time I had a baby. I began to research natural childbirth and it all just felt right. I hired a care provider that was supportive of my goals and whom I felt confident would help me to safely birth my baby.
The birth of my third child was beautiful. My perspective on birth completely changed after he was born. I experienced how birth is meant to be—it can be gentle, kind, and peaceful. Birth has become my passion. I feel so empowered by my natural births that I want every woman to know her capabilities to birth.
KAREN IS A CHILDBIRTH INSTRUCTOR AND DONA TRAINED BIRTH DOULA
My first two children were cesarean births. They did not go the way I had anticipated and because of the challenges surrounding their births, I was left with the feeling that I did not want to have more children. Even still, I felt a connection to birth. So I decided to become a doula to help women have better births than I had experienced. I wanted to be around beautiful births, even if it wasn’t an option for me. In 2012, I became a doula and fell deeper in love with birth.
Shortly after completing my doula training I found out I was pregnant. I was elated, but nervous. I had seen other women attain beautiful births, but I wondered if it was possible for me. I longed for a peaceful, natural birth. Through much study, time, and education I was able to find supportive care providers. In 2013, I was finally able to have the birth of my dreams. It was an extraordinary experience that propelled me even more into my desire to serve women.
I believe that birth is a powerful event in a woman’s life. It should be treated kindly and with care. Birth is amazing and beautiful--if we allow it to be. It is a woman’s right and privilege to birth how and where she feels most comfortable and safe. My goal as a doula as well as a childbirth educator is to support women in her choices for birth.