I first got interested in being a doula after my second child’s birth in 1995. I was induced and this experience left me wondering if I could have done things differently. I found Dona online and shortly after the birth of our third child I underwent training. I have personally experienced birth four different ways. The first child was born in a birth center, second in a hospital, and the third and fourth at home. I was fortunate enough to land a job at Anderson Hospital in Anderson, SC where I worked for 3 years and attended over 300 births. This experience was one of the best times of my life. I went on to practice privately for a couple of years and had many enjoyable experiences.
In 2008 I decided to pursue my undergraduate degree, going part time, I graduated in 2015 with a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work). After graduation my mother became very ill and I took on the role of caregiver for her. I thought my doula days were behind me, but periodically I would get a call from past clients and there I’d be again, in the middle of the night, rubbing a laboring Momma’s shoulders. In the back of my mind the hope of one day again being a doula had never left me. My education backed up what my instincts had always told me; doulas are necessary to a family as well as a community’s health and wellbeing.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 33 years and we have 2 grandchildren. We have lived in Fort Mill, SC for four years with our two dogs and two daughters (one a rising freshman and the other a rising junior at Winthrop University). We previously lived in Greenville, SC for 27 years before coming to Fort Mill for a corporate relocation.
After 21 years and 400 births, I am still humbled and privileged to watch birth journeys unfold and families have the experience of a lifetime.