Passionately Serving Families
Originally from North Carolina, my husband and I relocated to Pennsylvania in 2014 to be closer to family. I have a degree in English Literature and have held a variety of positions from barista to marketing editor, though nothing ever felt like quite the right fit. In 2013, I supported my cousin through much of her pregnancy and postpartum, and though I didn't realize it at the time, that experience sparked my passion for birth work. Late in 2015, I came across the term "doula" and was surprised to find that a word I had never heard before was my ideal career! After completing my certification through Childbirth International and working with several amazing clients, we found out we were expecting our own little one. I took some time off and we welcomed our daughter to the world in February 2017. Now pursuing birth work full time, I am thrilled to once again be serving families in greater Franklin County, PA & Washington County, MD.
birth, postpartum & family doula
My Birth Philosophy
The journey from fertility and pregnancy, to birth, postpartum, and into parenthood is an incredible one. Although in many ways, we are blessed to live in the age of technology, it can also complicate our lives. In a time when information and opinions are just a click away, it can be harder than ever to know what the options really are so you can decide what is best for your family. Doulas can help!
For centuries, female birth companions (doulas) have been helping families grow. My primary goal as a doula is to support and encourage you, your partner, and your baby. I believe that every family deserves the best birth possible, the available evidence to make informed choices, and 100% support no matter what.
I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural parts of life, not medical conditions needing treatment. Although medical intervention is a wonderful resource when necessary, women are far stronger and more capable than they know or give themselves credit for. A woman's informed, mindful wishes should be allowed to direct her birth. However, I also believe that birth is just one part of a whole and that the best experience can be gained when pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are all treated as equally important.
Most of all, I believe that being a part of a family’s birth experience is both an immense blessing and an extraordinary privilege!
Why "Little Bear"?
Little Bear Doula Support is named after the constellation Ursa Minor or "Little/Lesser Bear."
The brightest star in that formation is Polaris, the North Star. Believed to have been introduced as a means of navigation, Ursa Minor provides guidance to the true North. This is a perfect analogy to doula support as we provide the information necessary for families to choose their own direction. Only by having a true sense of all the available choices is a family able to find their best path.
I also love the unique combination of strength and comfort that bears convey - much like mamas with their own "cubs." While we may not hibernate quite like bears do, when families grow, it is essential to honor the early transitional time in a similar fashion with warmth, comfort, rest, and nourishment.