Motherhood has a learning curve Even though I read all the books, nothing truly prepared me for life postpartum with my first child. When she arrived earthside, I was delighted to be a mother but also challenged in ways I hadn't anticipated. Infant feeding and soothing had a learning curve. I was so exhausted that I often found my field of vision foggy. At four weeks postpartum and in the midst of this fog, support arrived in the form of my oldest sister - an experienced mother and empathetic listener. She encouraged me. She told me to trust my gut. She held and soothed my infant during the witching hour and sent me to bed. Her visit was brief, but I emerged from that week a more confident mother.
I knew I needed support Fast-forward to the birth of my third child, and I knew I needed support. I knew I needed rest. I will never forget the sweet, exhausted joy of handing my daughter, some twelve hours after her birth, to my mother as she sat in the rocking chair beside my bed. With full trust that she would wake me when my baby needed me, I fell into a happy slumber.
Nested Mama provides that support These experiences, alongside the roughest of moments and the sweetest of joys, shape my passion for supporting mothers and families. As a transplant to the state of Iowa, I experienced first-hand how embarking on this journey of parenthood without a nearby familial network can be daunting to expectant parents. That’s why I founded Nested Mama - to give mothers the physical, emotional, and educational support they need to confidently navigate the transition into motherhood.
Ph.D., Doula, and Educator In 2014, I earned my Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. In my time as an academic, I taught classes focusing on women and children of the past. Now with Nested Mama, I take the skills of teaching and understanding I honed in my graduate study to provide my clients with evidence-based information for the prenatal and postpartum periods. I completed my Birth Doula Certification and Postpartum Doula Certification with Madriella Doula Network in 2018. Following those certifications, I continued my study to become a Madriella Breastfeeding Educator and Madriella Childbirth Educator. Because I believe in gathering as much knowledge as I can to support my clients, I completed an EcoBaby Certification and Infant Sleep Education Certification. In Fall of 2018, I will begin a course to train as a Pregnancy and Infant Loss (P.A.I.L) Advocate to better support families who have or are currently experiencing a loss. Additionally, I will begin work towards certification as a Loss and Bereavement Doula.
Education, Certification, and Training
Current Certifications in CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Safe Food Handling
Bebo Mia Certified Infant Sleep Educator, 2018
Bebo Mia EcoBaby Certification, 2018
Madriella Childbirth Educator, 2018
Madriella Breastfeeding Educator, 2018
Madriella Certified Professional Doula, 2018
Madriella Certified Postpartum Doula, 2018
Madriella Certified Birth Doula, 2018
PhD, English, The University of Iowa, 2014
BA, English & Humanities, Valparaiso University, 2008
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