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The Triangle Area including Durham NC, Raleigh NC, Chapel Hill NC, Creedmoor NC, Cary, Oxford NC, Henderson NC, Wake Forest NC
My journey as a birth worker began in 1994. Unlike many birth workers, I did not feel a special calling or urgency to be a childbirth educator or doula. I was introduced to this profession while working as a Public Health Educator for the Cleveland County Health Department. Accepting the health educator position, which required training as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my professional career. During my 3 years of working in Cleveland County, I began an amazing career of empowering teens and adult women with knowledge and skills as they prepared for their birth. As a childbirth educator, I would occasionally attend the births of the teen clients. Observing and supporting these teens helped me realize that I needed more skills in labor support. In 1997, I attended my first DONA Birth Doula workshop. This workshop enhanced my knowledge and skills as a childbirth educator and my ability to provide better labor support to the teens.
Since 1994, I’ve held several leadership roles in the profession. In 2000, I became a Lamaze trainer under the leadership of my mentor, Dr. Mary Lou Moore. In 2005, my mentor entrusted the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program to me and I became the Program Director of the Duke AHEC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program. Since 2005, I have trained hundreds of women in North Carolina and neighboring states. This career has also provided opportunities to train Lamaze educators in Nairobi, Kenya and Kuwait City, Kuwait, including learning about maternity care systems in these countries.
My mission as a Lamaze educator, DONA birth doula, and Lamaze childbirth educator trainer is to increase outreach into communities that have limited access to childbirth education and to birth doula services. I am passionate about ensuring that women have the correct information to make informed decisions about their health care during pregnancy, birth, and after birth.
- BSPH – Health Behavior and Health Education; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.Ed. – Health Promotion; University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Lamaze International, Past-President (2013 – 2014)
- Lamaze International, President (2012 – 2013)
- Lamaze International, President-elect (2011 – 2012)
- Lamaze International , Board of Directors (2010 – 2014)
- NC Perinatal Association, Board of Directors (present)
- Fellow of the American College of Childbirth Educators, FACCE (2012)