How long have you been a Birth Arts Practicioner?
I took the training four years ago with Patricia couch
Do you feel BAI offered you something that was unique? What was it?
I had already trained with two other orginazations when I decided to do the BAI training. I was really searching for a program that would teach me how to be a better doula. BAI offered a comprehansive training that was not simply focused on the physiology of birth, but the emotional aspects as well. With BAI I learned how to care for a laboring woman and her family using my heart and my hands. BAI truly gave me tthe ools to understand how a womans mental state changed the way she labored and how I could change that mental state with my words and my work. How to help the partner, the family as a whole.
What was your favorite part of the training?
I loved the journaling we did. I spent so much time working through my own birth issues and searching inside myself for answers I didn't know I had. It was amazing that with the encouragement of a great mentor, I discovered I was able to give so much more to women and their families.
Do you feel that the work Birth Arts requires will or does allow you to work as an effective doula?
The research and book work required by BAI is by far the most comprehensive I have ever done. I loved doing the research and putting together a directory of care providers. For the first time in any of my trainings, I felt like I was really training, really learning how to be a better doula. It is an amazing program and I plan on continuing to do advanced trainings with BAI.
How are you working as a doula now?
I work full time as a doula and childbirth educator. I attend 3-5 births a month. I continue to volunteer for teen moms and military families. My group does community outreach, educating families about birth options, vaccines, diapering, parenting, optimal fetal positioning.
What services do you offer?
I am birth doula, first and foremost this is where my passsion lies. I also do placenta services and childbirth education. In my group practice we have four childbirth educators (including a bradley instructor), five birth doulas, a massage therapist, a postpartum doula, a breastfeeding educator and a curandera. We work hard to make sure any service a woman may need for her pregnancy, birth or postpartum is available to her. We also work very closely with several chiropractors, nutritionists, naturopathic doctors and lactation consultants.
Tell us about yourself?
I am a wife and mother. I have birthed four children, two in hospital, one in free standing birth center and one at home. I love traveling, but rarely get to travel as I am always on call. I love to hang out with my friends and family. I love cooking a really big meal for alot of people. Before I became a doula I had alot of different jobs: resteraunt manager, construction super, opera singer, customer service supervisor (I could go on, but I won't). When I found this I knew. It was like falling in love. I couldn't be anything but a doula, in fact, I always was a doula....I just didn't know it.
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