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Growing up in New Jersey outside of Philadelphia, I’ve often found myself looking for ways to help or support people in my life. It felt like the natural thing to do was to go to school to earn a BS in Psychology so I could make a career out of helping others. After graduating in 2001 from the United States Military Academy at West Point I was able to help and serve others as an Army officer for the next 5 years. During my time in the Army, I got to move around to far away states like Hawaii and countries like South Korea. In doing so, I learned something new about myself; I love to travel! 

     At the end of my time in the Army, my husband and I got married and transitioned to “civilian life” by moving to Northern Virginia and quickly starting a family. I entered motherhood, the most rewarding yet challenging adjustment of my life. After my personal childbirth experiences with a hospital birth in 2007 and 3 home births in 2010, 2011, and 2012, I chose to be a stay at home mom. Soon after we got the itch to change the scenery. 

     This time we packed up our family of 6 and moved to Tampa, Florida. However, my innate desire to help others grew immensely over the next several years. In 2015, I went back to school to earn a Master's degree from Liberty University in counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family. Upon graduation, I volunteered as a client advocate at a pregnancy crisis center where I supported women prenatally from all walks of life. As I counseled pregnant women and in relating my own birth experiences, I realized how providing unconditional support and education can make a significant positive impact on our overall birth experience and well-being. This realization ultimately sparked my interest in becoming a birth doula. 

    In 2018, my family decided it was time for a change once again so we moved across the globe and "down under" to Australia. As soon as we arrived, I wasted no time in pursuing my dream of becoming a birth doula. I was trained and certified through DONA International in Melbourne, AUS, which is the world's first, largest and leading doula certifying organization. Over the next 3 years, I was honored to support many women and families through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Australia has a midwifery led maternity system that I grew accustom to. 

     My family and I relocated back here to Northern Virginia in 2021. I since realized a need for childbirth education in regard to hospital births in America. The Obstetric led maternity system in America is very intervention heavy and can cause stress and confusion for women who are birthing in such an environment. For continuing education, I was trained through Lamaze International to become a childbirth educator. 

     Now, the best part is, as a certified Doula, childbirth educator, and counselor I am able to focus my passion for helping others on supporting women and families during the most vulnerable, transformational, and empowering life experience of childbirth. Furthermore, I believe I am part of a greater movement that inspires hope and encourages change in the birth care world for women today and those to come. MY 

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

Childbirth Educator - Lamaze International 2023 Birth Doula - CD(DONA) Certified DONA International Doula 2018 

Master's Degree Human Services Counseling - Liberty University 2017 

Bachelor's Degree Psychology - West Point USMA 2001

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