It is my job and my joy to provide education and support to families during labor or after the baby has arrived.
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I look forward to talking with you to help answer any questions you may have during this special time.
I am the mother of four grown children, and the very proud nana of five beautiful grand-daughters and two grand-sons. Our home is just a short distance from the Great Smoky Mountains and we have lived in the “Foothills of the Smokies” for over 20 years.
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This couldn’t be truer for me. Even as a child, I always loved being around babies. I loved to see mama’s breastfeed their babies and knew that one day I would do the same with my children. Whenever there was position available for Vacation Bible School, school functions, or other events where there would be babies, I was always the first to apply!
All my children were delivered naturally, three in hospitals and the last in a birthing center with a midwife. As my children grew older, I was still very drawn to babies and new or expectant moms. When it was time to go back to work I thought it would be perfect if I could find a job taking care of families and newborns. I had no idea of what would be ahead of me!
My steps to maternal health care started with me becoming a labor doula. When I first began this journey, I didn’t even know what a “doula” was. I had talked to friends and family about possible careers, and decided to pray for guidance. After doing some research, I realized this was a job that had my name on it – it was everything I had ever dreamed about! Helping families and working with babies! I knew then that I had to become a doula!
I have taken many courses, training seminars and added numerous certifications over the years, but the focus is still the same; helping families and working with babies. I have been a labor and postpartum doula for over 10 years, and still, I desire to learn more. I have added Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, Infant Massage Instructor, Night Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist to my credentials.
I am very involved in my community and was instrumental in starting the Knoxville Chapter of BirthNetwork and served as co-leader for approximately 18 months. I also served as the President for the East Tennessee Chapter of Newborns in Need, which is a non-profit organization focused on providing newborn necessities to be distributed in local hospitals for families in need. In addition, I served for approximately two years as the Operation Special Delivery State Coordinator and Doula. This organization provided doula services pro-bono for active duty military families.
I have enjoyed serving families from different cultures, countries, backgrounds, etc. and I am constantly honing my skills by taking workshops and classes to keep me current and knowledgeable in my field. I consider it a joy and an honor to provide my services to families in the Knoxville area and beyond and I have never looked back or regretted taking the first steps in becoming a doula.
3,000+ hours of newborn and infant care
Experience with singles, twins, and triplets
DTAP and flu vaccination current
Infant and child CPR Certified
Basic first aid trained
Baby Wearing Help
Certified Lactation Educator, CAPPA
Certified Childbirth Educator, ICEA
Certified Labor Doula, CAPPA
Certified Post Partum Doula, CAPPA
Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Loving Touch
Certified HUG Teacher
Newborn Care Specialist
Advanced Newborn Care Specialist through Newborn Care Solutions
I strive to keep up with the latest evidence-based research and most up-to-date information to better serve my clients. Following is a list of CEU's I have taken over the past few years.
ICEA Conference April 2018
12 Steps to Mother-Baby Friendly Maternity Services
Birth Ball Basics for Birth Workers
Birth Models That Work-Standing the Test of Time
Evidence on Birth Plans and Childbirth Education
How to Build Bridges for the Sake of Families: Connecting Providers for Communication & Collaboration
Birth Across Cultures
Burnout, Compassion, Fatigue, and Self-Care for Members of the Perinatal Team
Bringing Childbirth Education Home - How to Make Childbirth Accessible for All Families
Breastfeeding makes all the Difference: Breastfeeding's Role in Overcoming Adversity
Panel Discussion with Penny Simpkin
Advanced multiple training February, 2017
CAPPA Conference October, 2016
How Changing Personal Habits Gives Birth to Professional Growth
Respect for the Prenate; Parenting from the Beginning of Life
Dynamic Parent Education for Today’s Millennials
VBAC: A Physician’s Reflection on VBACs and How to Support Them
The Science Behind Skin to Skin Contact
Why Not Home Film Screening
Up in Smoke; The Potential Impaction of Marijuana Use on Babies
Grief in the Petinatal Period, Support and Survival
Emory University on-line course – Childbirth: A Global Perspective June 2016
Certified Lactation Educator workshop - July, 2015
ICEA Conference 2014
Why Birth Matters: Exploring the Impact of Birth for Our Families and Future
The Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Mother Nature’s Superb Design
Perinatal Emotions: A Wellness Plan
Anesthesia, Epidurals and Spinals
Current Guidelines for Prenatal Fitness
Backwards Curriculum Design for Labor
Called to the Childbirth Profession: Strategies for Career Pleasure
Enhanced Communication Skills
Birth Trauma: Causes and Consequences of Childbirth Related PTSD
Using Perinatal Education to Support New Parents’ Relationships
Protecting Your Birth Business
Beyond the Birth Plan: Paradigm Shifting for Birth Professionals
The Magical Hour After Birth
Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Using Visual Prompts
Fun Tricks for Teaching Breastfeeding
Extreme Childbirth Education Class Makeover
Mother-Infant Sleep Location and Nighttime Feeding Behaviors
CAPPA POSTPARTUM DOULA Workshop 2013
Below are the major topics. (Sub-topics were too many to list)
The Postpartum Doula
Counseling & Communication
Postpartum Care of the New Mother
Postpartum Mood Disorders
The Postpartum Family
Infant Feeding Methods
ICEA Conference – 2011
Childbirth Educator Workshop Transforming Maternity Care – Making the Blueprint for Action a Reality
Optimizing Birth Outcomes
Birth Works – Why Don’t We in the United States Know It?
Breastfeeding – Back to the Future
Making Family Centered Care a Reality
Dogs and Storks - 2011
Postpartum and Family Dogs Webinar
CAPPA Conference – 2010
You are my World – How a Parents Love Shapes a Baby’s Mind
Teen Moms – Empowered for Success
Leave Well Enough Alone – Natural 3rd Stage Labor
Your Power to Choose – Vaccine Rights
Your Baby has the Power to Give Birth
HUG Your Baby Intro.
Helping Women Achieve What They Want in a Hospital Birth
Building New Dreams – What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid?
DONA Conference – 2009
How a Doula Can Help a Mother
Birth Trauma: Lessons from Solace for Mothers
The Seduction of Induction Eco-Friendly Birth
Vaccines: Making an Educated Decision for Your Child
How the Miraculous Transition Occurs
When Things Do Not Go as Planned Birth Kangaroo Care and Beyond
The Attachment Needs of Laboring Women
Loving Touch Infant Massage
East Tennessee Doula Association
Baby & Co.
Pellissippi Community College
East Tennessee Breastfeeding Colation
Breast Friends Support Group
Cutie Tooties Cloth Diapering Store
• Newborn/Postpartum Care
• Preparing for Childbirth
• Grand parenting Classes
• Infant Massage Instruction
• Breastfeeding Classes
AREAS SERVED LOCALLY
Sequoyah Hills, West Hills, Rocky Hill, Bearden, West Moreland Heights, Dean Hill, Cedar Springs, Fountain City, Old North Knoxville, Westlyn, North Knoxville, South Knoxville, Alcoa, Farragut, Maryville, Knoxville & Sevierville
• Newborn Care Specialist
• Night Nanny
• Sleep Conditioning
• Labor & Postpartum Doula
• Lactation Education &