“I do not care what kind of birth you have...a home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone 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.” -January Harshe
The Story Behind Wildflower
Carrying, birthing and feeding my own two children began my initiation into the birth world. At crucial moments in my pregnancy, birth experiences and postpartum period, I received the tender support of a sacred circle of sisterhood. It acknowledged my struggle, validated my victories no matter how small, and gently called out a strength and wisdom I hadn’t known existed within me. I felt compelled to step into that circle and share that same support with others.
When a dear friend graciously allowed me to join in her birth experience, I witnessed first hand how pivotal the role of a doula is in facilitating a sense of calm and continuity in the midst of a busy birth room. My desire to support women was solidified and clarified that day, and I immediately went home to sign up for my DONA doula training.
Since then, I have been witness to events and stories that point to these resoundingly clear truths:
- Women are strongest when they are rooted in a community of caring people.
- Women are incredibly resilient.
- Women are brilliantly radiant when they embrace all that they are.
I entered into and continue to do this work because I want to play a part, no matter how small, in helping women live into those truths. I want to give back to this sacred circle of sisterhood and help others discover what it is to live rooted, resilient and radiant.
My Doula Philosophy
Regardless of the circumstances, peace can prevail in birth. It is my goal to be a catalyst for that peace.
- Every woman has within her an amazing capacity for birth. She may not be fully aware of the power she holds, but with genuine care and knowledgeable support, her limitless potential and immense strength will be cultivated for a lifetime.
- The experience of childbirth is one of the most monumental events a woman and her support person will navigate together. It has the potential to bring them together in a way nothing else on this earth can. My role as a doula is to facilitate that closeness by equipping partners or support persons with the tools they need to support and engage in birth to the level they are most comfortable with. I hold space for the entire family as they grow together.
- Knowing what options are available for pregnancy, birth and parenthood is key to being empowered and experiencing a satisfying birth. My role is to share evidence-based information and resources so that women and their partners have what they need to make fully informed choices that are right for their family.
I live in Rochester, NY with my husband of over 10 years and two young kids. Previously a special education teacher, I made the transition to staying at home after my first child was born. Motherhood has stretched me in ways I never knew possible, but it has also brought me to some of my greatest discoveries and depths of joy. I’ve learned so much about grace and forgiveness and the value of just showing up and being present in a moment.
I love inhaling fresh air, exploring new places, potent words, the sight and smell of flowers, laughing, trees in the fall, stories, meandering drives accompanied by great music, and basking in sunshine.