I was Interviewed by HaveHeart Magazine!

I am so thrilled to have been interviewed by the wonderful Katie Paddock Broyles for HaveHeart Magazine on all things DOULA! Check out the interview here.


As such a young woman, what led you to decide to become a doula?  I assume that “Doula-ing” wasn’t your major in college.

I’ve always felt a call to serve women in some way, and as I grew older that calling grew with me. I had very little knowledge and exposure to childbirth and birth culture growing up.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I had the good fortune of meeting a wonderful woman who had home births for both her children. I never realized that there were differences in birth experiences. I didn’t know that you had a choice in where you could give birth, that there were different positions you could give birth in, that birth could be such an empowering, life-changing experience.  And of course, I had no idea what a doula was… and as soon as I found out, it just clicked for me. Learning about how life changing and empowering this experience can be, learning about myself as a woman, and learning about the capabilities of women has made it my path in life to share this knowledge with others.

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My Top 10 Favorite Quotes and Affirmations for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Surrounding yourself with positive ideas about your birth helps prepare you for an empowering birthing experience. I have seen some of these quotes change the mood in the birthing room from one of chaos and panic to that of calmness and joy. Here’s a list of my favorite birth quotes to help inspire you!

10. “…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong. ” ~Marsden Wagner

9. “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” ~John H. Kennell, MD

8. “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers -strong, competent, capable morthers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” ~Barbara Katz Rothman

7. “When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” ~Marie Mongan

‎6. “If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.” ~Diana Korte

5. “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” ~Laura Stavoe Harm

‎4. “Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment.” ~the I Ching

3. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “~Marie Curie

2. “The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.” ~Unknown

1. “Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” ~Marcie Macari



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