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Doula, prenatal classes - Birth Beginnings
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Educating, empowering and supporting families since 2001.
Educating, empowering and supporting families since 2001.

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Evidence on birthing positions
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They matter

I believe that people matter regardless of their beliefs, or social status. How a woman is cared for, and her well-being during pregnancy has lifelong physical and mental impacts for her baby; this is part of what drives me to do the work I do.

An opportunity has come up for me to volunteer for a month at the St. Francis-Emmaus maternity center in Costa Rica. Prior to the center opening women would travel alone up to 8 hours on foot to get to the hospital. Within one year of the center being open the infant mortality rates dropped by 50%. There are beds to provide care for 30 women to be cared for as they wait for their baby’s arrival, and to give them time to physically recovery before making the journey home. While at the center they receive nutritional meals, childbirth education, doula support for the birth, support with breastfeeding, and postpartum doula care.

Giving and receiving

This truly excites me because it allows me a chance to apply skills I have learned over 16 years as a doula and childbirth educator to serve a community that desperately needs it. I will also be receiving in a profound way; getting to witness birth in a different country is eye opening. Having the opportunity to learn about an indigenous population so different and yet at the core the same as the communities and families I serve, getting to learn a new language, and gaining postpartum doula skills, are gifts that I will carry home with me and they will help to enhance every facet of my life.


What propels me in my life is the belief that you should always leave a place better than when you found it. I want to leave each person feeling stronger, more confident, and feeling deeply cared for, because when we are nurtured it increases our capacity to care for others.

To learn more about the work done at the center please visit https://www.stbryce.org/st-francis-emmaus-center/

Help me help them

I will be taking this amazing journey August 1 - 31. Your donations help to cover my travel expenses. Any value is appreciated. To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/9srvq-supporting-mothers Thank you for helping me share my gifts.
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To meet the overwhelming demand for prenatal classes Birth Beginnings has added a weekend crash course March 18 - 19, 2017. Class runs from 10 am - 5 pm each. Register online.
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Who's the boss?
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How to prepare your body for birth.
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Different labor coping strategies from around the world
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Looking for feedback. Please complete the 10 minute survey by following the link below to affirm what care and services are of most importance to you. The survey is being conducted as part of the ongoing patient engagement efforts that inform the work of the Low Risk Maternal-Newborn Strategy Expert Panel. The objective of the Low Risk Maternal-Newborn Strategy is to improve access to care that is close to home, provide an equitable choice of type of care provider and birth environment and promote normal birth.
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