Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Trained yoga instructor Military spouse who has worked with several military families (many of whom have had deployed partners at the time of delivery) Photographer
What led you to become a Doula?: Like many birth workers, I was first drawn to it after my own doula empowered me through two of the most defining moments of my mothering journey – the births of my two daughters. I want birthing persons (and their partners) to feel supported, heard, and respected during their journey into parenthood and beyond. As a longtime writer, editor, and storyteller, I know how life-changing these chapters can be. Now, as a doula, I want to help others script their birth stories not out of fear or doubt, but with strength and confidence! By working with birthing people, their partner, and their medical team, I ensure their choices and desires are properly and clearly communicated.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am SO HAPPY we chose to have a doula involved in the birth of our second son in Japan. You want someone in your corner who you can be your most authentic self with, and I found that in Micah. She was a resource for information, an emotional sounding board, and cheerleader rolled into one person. Having Micah there strengthened the amazing connection between my husband and I. She was supportive, compassionate, an advocate, and basically a labor & delivery encyclopedia! I’d highly recommend her to other mamas for an informed, supported and empowered birth experience.
I was so intimidated by having a baby in a foreign country. I knew that I wanted a natural and unmedicated birth, but I was afraid that the language barrier and cultural differences of the Japanese hospital would prevent me from doing so. Micah put all of my fears at ease! She advocated for me throughout labor and delivery, reminded me of my goals when I needed it, and encouraged proper birthing positions when I couldn’t think through the pain. Since all of the nursing staff spoke little to no English, it was wonderful having Micah there to explain the phases of labor that I was experiencing, and explain the pain and sensations that were coming. I’ll never forget the encouragement she gave me while I was pushing, particularly at the end when I needed it most. Micah’s coaching and support allowed me to have the natural, unmedicated birth that I had envisioned and hoped for!
~ Jaclyn C.
Micah is a wealth of knowledge on all things birth. Although I did not have the privilege of having her attend one of our births, she provided me with postpartum resources and support. She is a wonderful teacher and her yoga classes are exceptional. She has a gift for empowering other women!
~ Cecily E.