Belly Laughs Birth Services
Belly Laughs Birth Services
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator (Lamaze), Lactation Counselor/ Breastfeeding Specialist, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Placenta Specialist
First and foremost, I am the mother of four beautiful children. I am blessed to work from home, so I am able to spend my days with them, and I love watching them grow and change on a daily basis. It is actually my children who took me along the path of providing doula and birth services. Their very different births (the first being full-term & unmedicated, the second being a cesarean birth at 34 weeks – with a stay in the NICU to boot – and the third and fourth as empowering, unmedicated VBACs) led me to do a lot of research on childbirth, and as a result I often became the “go-to” among my friends for information. When I came across the role of a birth doula in early 2009, I felt like I had struck gold! Supporting mothers & their partners is a role that I am passionate about, and I am excited to help others in their own birth experiences.
Providing additional birth services came naturally. I love teaching, and the role of childbirth educator is one that I was eager to take up. I searched high and low for an appropriate childbirth training program, and I hit the jackpot when I found Lamaze’s Passion for Birth program with the esteemed Teri Shilling. That workshop showed me what I needed to do to ensure that my classes are actually INTERESTING! I offer a complete childbirth education series as well as a one-day workshop, combining the knowledge and practices that I have learned in my various trainings and doula experience.
I have taken a variety of other trainings as well to assist me in supporting new parents, including a lactation consultant training, Happiest Baby on the Block certification, and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor program.
My View on Birth
I am an advocate of the Lamaze philosophy of birth as a normal, natural and healthy process and am a firm believer in evidence-based birth practices. That being said, I recognize that every mother must reach her own conclusions about how she foresees her birth experience, because each mother has different values, goals, and past experiences. I will do everything in my power to help you achieve the birth that you desire.
Professional & Educational Experience
I received my B.S. in Animal Science from UCDavis, anticipating a career as an Outreach Educator in the zoo environment. Shortly after the birth of my first child, however, I realized that staying at (& working from) home was my path. In addition to my work in the birth world, I serve on the board of a local non-profit, lead a Girl Scout troop, and design websites. I also run a local VBAC & Cesarean Birth support group for our area.
For a complete list of my trainings, please view my website.
Lactation Education Resources’ Lactation Consultant Training, January 2018
Evidence Based Birth Instructor® Training w/Rebecca Dekker, August 2015
“‘Novice” Rebozo Certification Training w/Gena Kirby, May 2015
Spinning Babies Workshop w/ Gail Tully, February 2015
CPR & First Aid Certified for Adults, Children & Infants (Renewal), January 2015
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens for Doulas & Professionals in Placenta Encapsulation (Renewal), December 2014
Supporting Mothers of ICAN w/ Pam England (Birthing From Within), November 2014
Advanced Doula & Rebozo Workshop w/ Penny Simkin, March 2012
Professionalism & Collaborative Practice Seminar, January 2012
Acupressure for Birthing Professionals Workshop, August 2011
Birthing From Within’s “The Art of Mentoring” Workshop, December 2010
Healthy Children’s Lactation Educator Counselor Certification Seminar, April 2010
Happiest Baby on the Block Certification Program, February 2010
Lamaze’s Passion for Birth Seminar, June 2009
Dancing for Birth™ Prenatal & Postnatal Dance Seminar, March 2009
DONA Birth Doula Training, February 2009
B.S. Animal Science, March 2003
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, LCCE, October 2009 (current)
Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), February 2010 (current)
Certified Happiest Baby Educator, CHBE, March 2010 (current)
Certified Lactation Counselor, CLC, April 2010
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor (certification not offered), August 2015 (current)
Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, CBS, January 2018 (current)