Becoming a parent connected me to my family history of midwives and I became intrigued by the miracle of childbirth. I welcomed my first child without a companion; during that time, having a spouse or birth partner present was not an option. I was young and alone in a room filled with strangers. As my family grew, I started a support group for young parents and witnessed the births of family and community members with the love and care that I was not allowed. After earning my Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oklahoma State University and becoming an educator, I discovered that the first learning environment is in the womb. Understanding that our future lies within each birth, I wanted to make a difference with how children develop and grow by creating warm and caring leaning environments and encouraged parent involvement in the classroom and later in a homeschool setting. With the concern for good health in my community, I help to grow gardens at home daycares in areas considered food deserts. My connection to the birth keepers in my family lead me back to my passion and I became a Certified Advanced Holistic Doula from The Matrona (hosted by The Intune Mother), which enabled me to prepare families for a healthy conception, pregnancy and birth. To help prepare families to make informed choices, I became a certified Childbirth Educator with GentleBirth so that families will be calm, confident and prepared. I am now proud to announce that I am able to extend my care for mothers with my postpartum care provider training from Innate Traditions. My training has encouraged me to help guide women to understand the importance of putting themselves high in the priority of care. Because I am a life-long learner, my journey has not come to an end, as I embark on becoming a certified lactation consultant and maybe, a midwife.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States