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“Thank you for helping me through the end of my pregnancy and through labor! I am very grateful for your experience, confidence and knowledge. I really felt I could trust you and was comforted by your presence!”

Kelly

1996 CEDEN, Education for the pregnant teen training.

I taught childbirth education and parenting skills to pregnant teens in their homes. I also attended their births as a support person.

1997 Volunteer Mentor, El Buen Samaritano Austin TX

I was a mentor and educator for women who were experiencing crisis during pregnancy. My jobs included prenatal education, birth support and parenting education.

1997 Round Rock School District, Pregnant Teen Education Program.

I taught childbirth education and parenting skills to pregnant teens in their homes.

04/2001 Completed a DONA approved doula training with Penny Simkin
06/2001 Hypnobirthing childbirth classes
08/2001 DONA 2001 International Conference Milwaukee WI

Sessions included:

  • Nurturing women: Integrating water into maternity care with Barbara Harper
  • From cloth burgers to lunch boxes: new ways to learn about breastfeeding
  • “Post term” pregnancy: What does evidence tell us?
  • The myth of homebirth in the hospital
09/2001 Bradley childbirth classes
09/2001 Adult, Infant and Child CPR
09/2001 First Aid Basics
11/2001 Completed a DONA approved advanced doula training.

Sessions included:

  • Hi Tech birth and the doula’s role
  • Staying positive and nurturing in difficult situations
  • Building a nurturing doula community
  • Advanced comfort measure techniques
  • Childhood abuse and the childbearing woman
2002-2004 Childbirth Educator, The Up Connection

I taught childbirth education to teens in both a classroom setting and on an individual basis.

2003-2006 Staff Doula, The Birth Place at Columbia Hospital WI

I was an on-call doula for the first hospital based doula program in Wisconsin.

7/2003 DONA International Conference San Francisco

Sessions included:

  • Listening to mothers The First National US Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experience with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, BEd, CD(DONA) and Carol Sakala, PhD
  • Safe and Effective Maternity Care
  • Colic, the fourth trimester and the calming reflex with Harvey Karp, MD
  • Marketing your doula practice
  • How to maintain high quality maternity care
  • They said it couldn’t be done… The UCSD heart and hands volunteer doula program
  • The selling of the cesarean section Madison Avenue Comes to Medicine with Mayri Sagady, CNM, MSN
  • Positioning to relieve pain and enhance labor progress
  • Helping parents following the death of a stillborn, premature infant or newborn baby with Marshall Klaus, MD
  • The Irreducible Needs of the Baby with John Kennell, MD
7/2004 DONA International Conference New Orleans

Sessions included:

  • Doulas- A bridge over troubled waters; Protecting the mother and baby continuum
  • Pelvic Power
  • The impact of early trauma on the childbearing woman
  • Establishing a Community based Volunteer doula program
  • Postpartum Culture: The loss of lying-in time
  • There’s more in 2004: Articles that impact doula practice
  • I’m listening: Responding to the emotional needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families
    Jazzing up your teaching
  • Helping parents understand their newborn: The clinical neonatal behavioral assessment scale for birth and postpartum doulas
  • Boundaries, Personal safety and self-defense of the doula
  • The effects of a birth doula- seven weeks postpartum
2002-06 Executive Director, The Doula Connection

I founded this 501C3 program to benefit at risk women and teens in need of doula services.

2003 Ina May Gaskin presentation on Maternal Mortality
2003-06 Midwifery Study group in Prep for NARM
12/2003 Neonatal Resuscitation Certification with Karen Strange
02/2004 ALACE Labor assistant training
2004-06 Homebirth Midwife Apprenticeship
1/2014 DONA Postpartum Doula training
2014 Adult and Infant CPR/First Aid Certification
6/2014 Hypnobirthing Class Series the BEC
7/2014 DONA Birth Doula and Breastfeeding Training
12/2014 Evidence Based Birth course titled: Evidence-Based Care for Suspected Big Babies
2/2015 Spinning Babies Workshop
4/2015 Completed HUG your baby “Helping parents understand the language of their newborn” workshop.
8-2015 Evidence Based Birth instructor training
3/2016 Flock Yeah Advanced Doula Training
4/2016 CAPPA Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
1996 CEDEN, Education for the pregnant teen training.

I taught childbirth education and parenting skills to pregnant teens in their homes. I also attended their births as a support person.

1997 Volunteer Mentor, El Buen Samaritano Austin TX

I was a mentor and educator for women who were experiencing crisis during pregnancy. My jobs included prenatal education, birth support and parenting education.

1997 Round Rock School District, Pregnant Teen Education Program.

I taught childbirth education and parenting skills to pregnant teens in their homes.

04/2001 Completed a DONA approved doula training with Penny Simkin
06/2001 Hypnobirthing childbirth classes
08/2001 DONA 2001 International Conference Milwaukee WI

Sessions included:

  • Nurturing women: Integrating water into maternity care with Barbara Harper
  • From cloth burgers to lunch boxes: new ways to learn about breastfeeding
  • “Post term” pregnancy: What does evidence tell us?
  • The myth of homebirth in the hospital
09/2001 Bradley childbirth classes
09/2001 Adult, Infant and Child CPR
09/2001 First Aid Basics
11/2001 Completed a DONA approved advanced doula training.

Sessions included:

  • Hi Tech birth and the doula’s role
  • Staying positive and nurturing in difficult situations
  • Building a nurturing doula community
  • Advanced comfort measure techniques
  • Childhood abuse and the childbearing woman
2002-2004 Childbirth Educator, The Up Connection

I taught childbirth education to teens in both a classroom setting and on an individual basis.

2003-2006 Staff Doula, The Birth Place at Columbia Hospital WI

I was an on-call doula for the first hospital based doula program in Wisconsin.

7/2003 DONA International Conference San Francisco

Sessions included:

  • Listening to mothers The First National US Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experience with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, BEd, CD(DONA) and Carol Sakala, PhD
  • Safe and Effective Maternity Care
  • Colic, the fourth trimester and the calming reflex with Harvey Karp, MD
  • Marketing your doula practice
  • How to maintain high quality maternity care
  • They said it couldn’t be done… The UCSD heart and hands volunteer doula program
  • The selling of the cesarean section Madison Avenue Comes to Medicine with Mayri Sagady, CNM, MSN
  • Positioning to relieve pain and enhance labor progress
  • Helping parents following the death of a stillborn, premature infant or newborn baby with Marshall Klaus, MD
  • The Irreducible Needs of the Baby with John Kennell, MD
7/2004 DONA International Conference New Orleans

Sessions included:

  • Doulas- A bridge over troubled waters; Protecting the mother and baby continuum
  • Pelvic Power
  • The impact of early trauma on the childbearing woman
  • Establishing a Community based Volunteer doula program
  • Postpartum Culture: The loss of lying-in time
  • There’s more in 2004: Articles that impact doula practice
  • I’m listening: Responding to the emotional needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families
    Jazzing up your teaching
  • Helping parents understand their newborn: The clinical neonatal behavioral assessment scale for birth and postpartum doulas
  • Boundaries, Personal safety and self-defense of the doula
  • The effects of a birth doula- seven weeks postpartum
2002-06 Executive Director, The Doula Connection

I founded this 501C3 program to benefit at risk women and teens in need of doula services.

2003 Ina May Gaskin presentation on Maternal Mortality
2003-06 Midwifery Study group in Prep for NARM
12/2003 Neonatal Resuscitation Certification with Karen Strange
02/2004 ALACE Labor assistant training
2004-06 Homebirth Midwife Apprenticeship
1/2014 DONA Postpartum Doula training
2014 Adult and Infant CPR/First Aid Certification
6/2014 Hypnobirthing Class Series the BEC
7/2014 DONA Birth Doula and Breastfeeding Training
12/2014 Evidence Based Birth course titled: Evidence-Based Care for Suspected Big Babies
2/2015 Spinning Babies Workshop
4/2015 Completed HUG your baby “Helping parents understand the language of their newborn” workshop.
8-2015 Evidence Based Birth instructor training
3/2016 Flock Yeah Advanced Doula Training
4/2016 CAPPA Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Contact Me


“Thank you for helping me through the end of my pregnancy and through labor! I am very grateful for your experience, confidence and knowledge. I really felt I could trust you and was comforted by your presence!”

Kelly