Celeste’s journey to birth work began when she went through her Obstetrics rotation of nursing school back in 1992. Pregnant with her first child at the time, she had a vested interest in the experience of the patients she worked with and had an innate feeling that birth could be different than what she was observing. This led her to the medical library (before the internet existed!) where she read all the research she could find on childbirth practices. She was so empowered by the birth of her first son a couple months later, that friends and acquaintances alike began seeking her out for information and support during their own pregnancy, birth, and parenting journeys. She went through doula training four years later when she learned that she could put her passion into practice.
Celeste worked for Community Hospitals of Indianapolis (CHI) from the start of their doula program in 1997 through 2004. During this time, she also maintained a private doula practice and began teaching hospital and private childbirth classes in 1998. Originally from the Detroit area, Celeste returned with her family to Michigan in 2006.
In 2015, Celeste trained with ProDoula and is proud to be certified as both a Birth Doula and Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. She enjoys encouraging and mentoring new doulas and was a trainer for a community-based doula program in Detroit. Celeste and her husband have had several opportunities to coordinate medical teams to Nicaragua where she helps in women’s health education. Locally, she loves volunteering as an ESL instructor for middle eastern immigrant and refugee women. She is also honored to serve on the first national Advisory Board for ProDoula.
Celeste tries to spend time every day reading, singing, and (weather permitting) either hiking or cycling. But her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with her family which includes her husband, their four sons, and their new daughter-in-love.
As a member of the ProDoula Training & Development Team, Celeste is honored to have the opportunity to influence a new generation of doulas as they discover their ability to not only improve birth, but also positively impact their families, their clients, their communities, and the world!