a little More about me
My birth stories:
I gave birth to my first daughter in 1997. Because she was breech, and an attempted external manual version failed, I needed to have her by cesarian. She was very healthy, easy going, and sweet, and she caught on to breastfeeding right away. But I unfortunately I become very sleep deprived and experienced postpartum depression which went undiagnosed, so the first few months were very difficult.
My second daughter was born in 1999 after 49 hours of prodromal labor. I gave birth to her in a successful VBAC attempt. Medical interventions were necessary to avoid another c-section including an amnio-infusion, epidural, internal monitors, and finally the use of forceps in the end. She was so alert and affectionate that I bonded with her immediately. But I found breast-feeding a challenge and unfortunately I didn’t get the help I needed, so she was formula fed from six weeks on.
In 2001, I gave birth to my third daughter in a surprisingly quick and easy 8 hour labor shortly after arriving at the hospital. My poor husband was late to the delivery since it was two whole days shorter than the previous one, and he didn’t get to meet her until she was an hour old. She turned out to be a great nurser and an “easy” baby with a headful of long, thick, black hair, which made her look like a baby doll. Her older sisters adored her.
My fourth and final daughter was born in 2003 with my firstborn daughter attending her sister’s birth and getting to name her. I again found breastfeeding a challenge, and it only lasted two months. But right away my little newborn had a sweet and spunky personality and loved getting attention from her three sisters and our extended family. She brought so much joy that once she was born our family finally felt complete.
I am now “officially” done raising my kids and I am looking forward to watching them welcome their own babies into the world in the coming years!
my education and experience:
In July of 1997, I earned my degree as a Colorado licensed Registered Nurse after completing my internship at St. Joseph Hospital in the Labor & Delivery unit.
In 2000 and 2001, I enjoyed working at Arapahoe County Detention Center as an on-call “county-jail nurse” with the inmate population.
June of 2008, I completed my Labor Doula Training through CAPPA. In April of 2010, I completed my certification requirements and began full-time work as a doula.
From 2010-2020, I worked at Rose Medical Center, boosting the popularity of the Doula Connections Program, and attending over 600 births in my time there!
In March of 2012, I completed my Lactation Educator training through CAPPA.
In 2017, I certified to become a Hypnobabies® trained Hypno-Doula for couples who have taken a Hypnobabies® course.
From July 2020-January 2022, I worked at Cherry Hills Surgery Center as an RN in Pre-op and PACU.
As of November of 2021, I have been employed by Trusted Ally Home Care as a case manager providing quality in-home assessments and end-of-life care for former workers of Rocky Flats.