When I was pregnant with our first child I became a sponge. I inhaled books and articles about birth and breastfeeding, attachment parenting, baby wearing and everything in between. Late one night I was reading the section about pregnancy and birth in the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by the Boston Women’s Collective and I saw a sweet picture of a new baby latched at the breast and I burst into tears. From very early on I knew that I wanted to breastfeed. I happened to mention this tearful reaction to a nursing baby to a co-worker, who was also birth doula, and she said “Oh honey, then you want to get good support, call the midwives.” I nodded and said okay (while saying to myself, midwife? who’s that?). I went home and looked back in my trusty reference and found out that it was a midwife is a care provider who were experts at normal, low risk pregnancies. I called the office and made an appointment asap. Fast forward a few weeks to my first appointment. I was sitting in the exam room, so nervous, not knowing what to expect and in walks this Sage Femme. She was like a Fairy God Mother. She had white hair pulled back in a small bun and warm rose colored cheeks. We chatted and she reassured me that my body was beautifully designed to grow a healthy baby. She addressed every concern with kind words sometimes before I even voiced one. She was an incredibly compassionate and gentle care provider who talked me through every step with ease and when we were done she walked me down the hall to her office. The walls in the office were covered in pictures of pregnant bellies and new babies. The love radiating from that wall was palpable. After she touched on some of the highlights of what to expect next she said “now you need to sign up for some good childbirth classes”. I looked at her doe-eyed and she continued with “because an informed woman is a powerful one”. Sold. That sentence was my affirmation throughout the rest of my pregnancy and has been a driving force behind my work with women and families for the last 10 years. I took the brochure for Bradley Method classes and called the number on the back. Class after class we were filled with information about our growing baby and the changes in my body. I went on to give birth to a very sweet baby boy and we entered into parenthood feeling confident and empowered. New motherhood really shook me to my core but every step of the way we found support in my midwife and my teacher and from other women in the community.
I began my training with ALACE (the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) soon after and went on to train as a Doula with toLabor. After being an active doula for several years I renewed my interest in teaching and took a Lamaze training in 2013. I have taken over 100 hours of additional training in the areas of breastfeeding support and newborn care. Currently I am enrolled in a comprehensive course for supporting families with botanical medicine. I keep current CPR and NRP certifications as well.
I have been working with families in Southeastern NC since 2008 and have attended 80+ births in home and hospital settings. I have experience with supporting un-medicated births, VBAC births, inductions, epidurals, and cesarean births (planned and unplanned) with a variety of care providers. I also have experience providing postpartum support to families welcoming singles and twins.
My goal when working with a family is that they feel supported in their journey and that support will give them confidence as they transition into parenthood.
This site is devoted to the childbearing year. I offer private and group classes, birth and postpartum doula care and information and resources for your growing family. The intention of this site is to provide information about safe, evidence based birth and postpartum practices as well as information about breastfeeding and newborn care.
I am a Doula and trained Childbirth Educator located in Wilmington, N.C. and serving the Cape Fear Region since 2008.
Whole Momma Birth and Postpartum Services is a welcoming and relevant resource for all birthing parents in the Cape Fear region, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a primary care provider. If you have any questions or comments about information on my site please feel free to email me. If you feel there is information on this site that is incorrect please feel free to offer your story. This is a learning and sharing experience and anything less than civil commentary will not be accepted.
This blog and website are based on personal and professional experiences and does not have the intent of offering medical advice.