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Janaury Harshe said it best when she wrote on the birthwithoutfear blog.
"I do not care what kind of birth you plan/have...a homebirth, scheduld cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth along in the woods next to a baby deer.
I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected."
This completely aligns with who I am as a doula and how I wish to support families.
I always knew that I would grow up and choose a profession where I could care for people. I held previous jobs where I cared for infants, kids, teens, adults, and the elderly. I chose the path to become a teacher for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and out of college became a Kindergarten teacher in the metro area. After teaching Kindergarten and seeing the vast array of needs my students had I went back to school to become a special education teacher. I care for my students and love my job immensely.
I became pregnant and took a child birth education class that talked about doulas and talked with a cousin who had a doula assisted birth. My husband and I came to the decision to hire one for our upcoming birth, interviewed, and hired someone who was perfect for us. When it was time to give birth our doula was with us and if it wasn't for her and my husband I do not believe I would have had the amazing birth experience I had. From the moment this happened and I was able to process my birth I knew this was the journey I was meant to take. Birthing people and families were who I was meant to care for and support.
When I am not with birthing families you can find me teaching students with special needs at a local elementary school, running around with my 3 year old (Cam) and 6 year old (Nora) and enjoying the many activities the Twin Cities has to offer. I also enjoy spending time with my Husband as we eat our way around the Twin Cities.