Saving birth, one story at a time.
Those initials after my name mean I’m a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators and a Certified Becoming Us Facilitator.
If anyone had told me that I’d be doing this work when I was young, I wouldn’t have believed them! But witnessing a friend give birth to her daughter changed my life and I’ve been working with women and couples as they begin their parenting journey ever since. (You can read a little bit more about how I got hooked on birth HERE.)
After giving birth to my own four babies, training at least a dozen new educators, presenting at local, national and international conferences, and helping thousands of people start their own families — I’ve learned a thing or two about pregnancy, birth and parenting! At least enough to want to teach, present and write about these topics that matter so much to me.
So, why should this matter to you?
What I Know For Sure
Pregnancy, birth, & parenting change you — forever. No matter how you become a family, once you begin this journey it leaves a permanent mark on your heart. It’s not just a baby’s birth that happens, but the birth of parents, and the birth of families, too.
I’ve got lots of ideas about how to help this transition go as smoothly as possible for families expecting their first (or more)! I know you’ll find them helpful, too.
I’m so glad you’re here.
With twenty years of practical experience inside and outside the classroom, I can help you navigate all the twists and turns that occur as you move through pregnancy toward birth and new parenting.
There are lots of options available from group classes, to individual instruction, even online coaching.
What people are saying
The stuff you taught us was incredibly helpful — the birth process wouldn’t have been nearly as smooth without your guidance!
Chris & Whitney
I can’t tell you though how thankful we were for your excellent classes.
They prepared us so well and were so informative.
Emily & Nic
Before the class, I was terrified at the prospect of labor and delivery.
I think your class prepared me better than anything else.
We believe that a big reason why our birth was such a wonderful experience, was because of you and the perspective and “real-world” expectations you provided us with!
Without a doubt in my mind, our experience would not have been so good, positive, full of peace & confidence without your instruction. I can not thank you enough!
I also write
here on my blog — as well as a book that’s in the works — about all things related to pregnancy, birth and parenting. I believe the best preparation comes through having realistic expectations.
So, that’s what you can expect from me and my writing: honest insights into real-life situations, the good and the bad. No sugar-coating here, just straight talk for your life. But as you read, you’ll feel encouraged to embrace all that is messy, imperfect, and real in your “new normal.”
Click here to listen to my conversation with Charlie Gilkey and Angela Wheeler of Productive Flourishing. Finding out what works best for you, instead of holding on tightly to the idea of how things must go might be the best birth (and parenting!) plan. Here's what...read more
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