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I earned my BSN in 1993, and I have worked as a registered nurse in various settings, all maternal-child related, in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, and right here, in Mobile. In 2008 I took a break from nursing to raise my three young boys and to teach, mostly math and science, to private high school students. During that time I made myself available to those around me who needed help with breastfeeding and nurtured my interest in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding in whatever way I could. I attended Birthing Options Doula Training in the summer and early fall of 2011, and needless to say, I was hooked! For the next 4 years, I had the honor of attending births and postpartum visits as my school and family schedules allowed. Once again, the seasons in my life changed, and I was able to focus on assisting mothers and babies full time, conceiving and building Beit Birth near the end of 2015. I have furthered my skills in this arena by becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and the Center for Breastfeeding. I also have certified through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) as a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE).
Labor and Childbirth Assistance, Postpartum and Breastfeeding Support, Childbirth Education for Mobile, AL, and surrounding areas
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The birth of my children has affected my life in a much greater capacity than I could ever have imagined. When I became pregnant with my first child, all of my medical training made me quite comfortable with the obstetric arena, so I naively followed what I thought was the normal path and simply trusted the system. My husband and I attended the first one or two hospital-taught childbirth classes but were unable to finish the series due to scheduling conflicts. A little over 3 weeks from my due date, my early labor began, and once admitted to the hospital, our excitement quickly turned to devastation and shock when we were told that our unborn daughter had passed away. She was delivered vaginally that evening with a pitocin induction. Looking back, I now can see that multiple warning signs were present, and have a greater understanding of the need to encourage mothers to educate themselves and to trust their instincts. Thankfully, God's peace was palpable in that time, and though it was not an easy season, He sustained us. One year later, our first son was born under the careful watch of a high-risk ob/gyn. Though I had a successful, pitocin-induced, vaginal delivery at 38 weeks, he was not fully cooked, so to speak, and our breastfeeding relationship was not a very good one as a result. His refusal to continue to nurse at 10 weeks was heart-breaking for me, but he continued to thrive, and we made it together fine. Almost 3 years later I birthed another son only 2 days from my due date, still via a pitocin-induced, vaginal delivery. This little boy breastfed until 14 months - it's getting better! By the way, I'm so incredibly grateful that I was able to have three babies induced without a c-section as a result! So, here I came to my last pregnancy, and knowing I would like to have a different experience, since it might be my last chance, I chose to educate myself and plan this birth. I faithfully studied natural childbirth books and any other resources at my disposal and created a birth plan. Though I still used an ob/gyn and a hospital, this labor started and proceeded on its own and resulted in the vaginal delivery of our third son without the use of pitocin or an epidural. I was simply amazed that my body knew how and when to birth and that I could feel so good after having a baby!
How many times since then have I said I would like a do-over? Countless! Of course, if I knew then what I have since learned, I would have approached the first three completely differently and even would have changed some things with my last child. I am extremely passionate about making sure that mothers have all of the information they need to make educated decisions for themselves. Standard hospital policies and protocols aren't the only choices available for birth. Understanding the options and how to make educated decisions can mean the difference between a "normal" birth and a great birth. My goal is to work with moms and their care providers to create supportive birth teams and to offer the education and services that Mobile area moms and their families need to have the birthing and breastfeeding experiences they deserve.