Mother of two beautiful and vibrant children and a wife to a handsome, God fearing brilliant man. Born & raised in Houston, Tx.
- I believe mint belongs in only two places: mojitos & toothpaste, that’s it
- I love documentaries & TED talks just as much as I love chocolate (and that’s a lot)
- I’ve dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween (as an adult)
- I almost didn’t make it to the hospital in time with my second birth (ask me about it, I’ll tell you)
- My wedding day was featured in a magazine
- The best shows on Netflix are “30 Rock”, “The Walking Dead” and yep, you guessed it, “Call the Midwife”
- I haven’t found a cheese I didn’t like. I LOVE cheese! (seriously, my dog’s middle name is Asiago)
- I knew I wanted a Doula before I even knew what a Doula was.
The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic
– Licensed Texas April 2008, Florida Sep 2013
DONA Birth Doula Training
– Orlando, FL Oct 2012
Florida’s Outreach Childbirth Education Program (FOCEP) – Childbirth Educator
– Jacksonville, FL Nov 2012
Maternal Child-Health Specialist – Commonsense School of Midwifery
– Orlando, FL Oct 2012
Bradley® Instructor Training – American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth
– Waco, TX Nov 2014
Certified Birth Doula – DONA, International
– May 2015
Certified Bradley® Instructor – American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth
– Feb 2016
Well, let’s be honest, you clicked here because you want to know more about me; but what you REALLY want to know is how and why I became a doula. Right?
I’ve always been fascinated by the human body – how we’re designed, how we function, and what we’re capable of (especially in childbirth!). This fascination in the body – our abilities to self-heal, the limits of our endurance and the power of the human touch – inspired me toward a career path in massage therapy. After getting my license, I pursued my own practice, while also helping at a nearby resort’s spa. I simultaneously got hired at the resort itself, starting a career in the hotel industry as an event manager coordinating weddings and corporate events. That eventually led to my meeting my husband (also in the business) and our future family. We are what they call a “Marriott marriage”. While my career in hospitality took off, I wasn’t looking for a change, but one certainly happened.
The birth of my profession began while I was pregnant with my daughter, Jocelyn. Once I found out I was pregnant, I ran the full gamut of emotions every new mom does – joy, excitement, pure happiness – and yes, even fear. I knew enough about childbirth to know I wanted the exact opposite of the horror stories we see on TV and the ones people tell you about. I didn’t want major surgery and I especially didn’t want to be knocked out for the birth of my child. I wanted a birth story that I would be proud to tell my little girl about – one that would be joyous, empowering and beautiful. I just didn’t have a clue on where to start – I was in hospitality, not a hospital. So we did what every expecting couple does – we made a trip to the book store, we found a hospital and a doctor, changed doctors, and took the hospital’s childbirth class. The hospital’s class was great, but I was left still wanting more information. Our goal was to have a natural birth with minimal, if any, interventions. I am the type of person who will research something till the DEATH of it (ask my husband, it drives him crazy). Anyways… through my research I came across The Bradley® Method of Husband-Coached Childbirth which emphasized everything I wanted in a birth, so we signed up for the course, while also pouring into God’s word for strength and wisdom.
After investing our time (and money!) into taking the classes and creating our birth plan, we felt fully informed and prepared for the birth. However, I still wanted some assurance that our wishes would be advocated for. I wanted to have a fair shot at this and needed somebody that spoke the hospital’s language, someone who was fully invested in supporting us and our birth goals. So, we called mom. As a nurse herself, I knew she could bridge the communication gap between what we wanted and what may have been routine for the nurses. She could accurately assess my progress and help when needed so that I could completely relax and solely focus on laboring. So we asked her to be a part of the birth, and of course, she said yes (who doesn’t want to be there for the birth of their first grandchild?).
As my pregnancy progressed, and with her on board, I was ready to meet my baby (really ready to be done with the hobbit feet!). When the day arrived, we fell back to our training – and we needed it, especially with a 23-hour labor! We labored at home as long as possible, and having both her and my husband there, I had a total sense of peace, even after our doctor called to see when we were coming! Once we got settled at the hospital, we quickly found our groove and after another hour of labor, I hit transition. Jordan (my husband) did a wonderful job of coaching me through it. Transition was tough, but his encouragement and the double hip squeeze did the trick. I quickly regained my rhythm and focused on the progress. Thankfully mom was there to step up when he needed a break. (It was tough for him, too!) I made it through transition and after two pushes second stage was complete. Jocelyn was here- I finally had her in my arms! I did it! We had a vaginal, un-medicated birth in a hospital. I put Jocelyn to the breast and the oxcytocin started flowing. I was in love and on cloud nine. I’ve never felt God’s presences as closely as I did while in that birth room. It’s impossible to describe the “birth-high,” and no matter how hard I try there’s really no amount of words that can ever do it justice. My heart was full and I felt whole. I just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl with the help of my faith, my loving husband and my doula (mom). Jocelyn’s birth was so empowering that I remember thinking to myself if I’m capable of doing that, I’m more than capable of caring for her. He chose HER for me and ME for her, so of course I was more than enough for her. Having this truth locked in my heart came in handy during those wee hours of the night when you feel inadequate or just plain exhausted. Because let’s be honest, it’s tough being a mom sometimes.
The weeks flew by and it was time to go back to work. I was always very driven and career focused, so going back was never a question, rather an understanding. I had a very lucrative career in hospitality, one that I enjoyed and was exceptionally good at. Selfishly, I didn’t want to let go of that, but I couldn’t escape the feeling that I was being called to something bigger and far greater than what I had been doing. Something purposeful on a totally different level. I’ll be honest, I was VERY intimidated and almost paralyzed by fear and self-doubt. I was being called to do something that I’d never done before and being stretched WAY out of my comfort zone. Once God gave me confirmation after confirmation I finally surrendered to His will and He’s been leading me every step of the way since then. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING fell into place after that. So I took the plunge into what would prove to be the most fulfilling profession I could ever imagine – I’ve been passionately invested in birth work ever since. I’ve even had the privileges of training with Penny Simkin, “The Mother of all Doulas,” completing my DONA (Doulas of North America) training and becoming a Bradley® instructor under the tutelage of Margie and Jay Hathaway, who had children delivered by Dr. Bradley himself.
I launched Doula Do Right on November 17, 2013 and attended my first birth December 23, when we welcomed a sweet baby girl named Genesis, whose name couldn’t have been more appropriate. Genesis, paved the way and marked the beginning of my joyous journey into this calling.
I live and breathe my work every day and I absolutely love it. Some might even call me a “birth-geek”. I consider it a privilege and honor to be invited into the intimate birth place of a family and I don’t take that lightly. It is my goal to advocate for your birth wishes so that you may have a positive and empowering birth experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. More so, I am committed to serving with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience in hopes that my work would be of eternal significance.