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My interest in childbirth began when I was eight years old and was present for the birth of my own brother. I thought it was amazing and that my mother was so strong! I saw the birth of my sister four years later. My mother was a La Leche League Leader so we received many phone calls from mothers in need of support and information.

I went to NC State and studied industrial engineering but after working in that field for several years, I found myself engrossed in childbirth books.  I had been searching to find a career that I felt more passionate about but instead of seeing the obvious answer right in front of me, it took the suggestion of a good friend to discover that being a doula would allow me to earn a living doing what I love.

I became certified as a birth doula in 2006 (the CD in my credentials stands for Certified Doula) and as a postpartum doula in 2008 (the PCD stands for Postpartum Certified Doula) by DONA International, the largest doula organization in the world. I was also certified as a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor (HCHI) and Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypno-Doula (HCHD) by the Hypnobabies Network in 2007. In 2016, I followed in my mother's footsteps and became a La Leche League Leader.

As I began my doula career, I also began my quest to become a mother myself.  My husband, Jeff, and I struggled to conceive and had to rely on assisted reproductive technology.  This gave me a new insight when working with clients who had struggled to get pregnant themselves.  That was actually a great benefit to me in the long run, as was working as a doula without being influenced by my own birth experience.  I became proud of the non-judgmental support I was able to give to my clients.

I finally became a mother in 2011 when my son, Elliott, was born at home.  Not only was I able to experience childbirth using the Hypnobabies method that I had taught for years, but I was able to feel the support and love of having my very own birth doula and many, many postpartum doulas.  I had an amazing birth.  It was very smooth, easy, and comfortable. It was followed by every breastfeeding problem I’ve ever heard of (and some I never knew existed).  It was a whirlwind of an experience but being a parent continues to amaze me.  My son is my most precious treasure.

My goal now is to help other parents feel as supported and educated as I felt when I became a parent.  When parents receive those two things – support and information – at such an important time in their lives, a beautiful confidence develops. 

In addition to advanced doula trainings, I completed Reiki level I and II trainings in 2010. I have served as a doula at births at most of the hospitals in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, as well as the Women's Birth and Wellness Center, Baby + Co., Womack Army Medical Center, and at clients' homes.

The births I have attended have taught me so much, and it is always an honor to be invited to be present at the birth of a child. I love working with families and the feeling that I can help make their birth experiences beautiful.

Jamie's family


Jamie's family

My son, Elliott, born February 2011.

Mom and David

My mom, baby brother, and me in 1984.

 

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