Meet Your Doula and Childbirth Educator
Hi – my name is Carolynn and I’m a professional Birth Doula and certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator.
I’m a mom of two HypnoBirthed kiddos who remembers all too well how nervous I felt when I found myself pregnant for the first time. I quickly learned that support and education helped me feel strong and confident.
I want you to feel the same way.
My path to doula care and childbirth education
When I was a kid, my mom used to breed Siamese cats (stick with me, I’m going somewhere with this). We had two female cats who were pretty much always having babies. Which means I was pretty much always involved with watching these wonderful kitty mamas birth their babies. Looking back, I believe this early experience laid the foundation for me to pursue this work. (Thanks Mom!)
Does this mean I was excited to give birth when I got pregnant in 2010 with my first? NO! I was scared (like really, really scared) and I had no idea how I would get this baby out. Like you, I had been told how terrible birth can be. I knew I wanted something different. After hearing positive feedback from other moms, I enrolled in a HypnoBirthing class to prepare myself for the experience. After the course, I immediately felt a weight lift from my chest. I could do this! I now had the tools.
My birth was everything I hoped it would be. The tools I’d mastered helped me find confidence and calm in what can sometimes feel like an uncontrollable event, resulting in a peaceful, relaxing experience. But I found myself struggling with postpartum depression. Breastfeeding was a challenge and I felt isolated as a new mom. Fast-forward to life after my second baby, when I was lucky enough to realize that ultimately, connection with my partner and support from mothers who’d been there is what carried me through. I found myself deeply drawn to birth work- an opportunity to help other women work through the many challenges and joys of new motherhood.
In 2014 I became certified as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and within a few short months followed my birth doula training through Childbirth International. I have since trained in Spinning Babies techniques, Rebozo work, acupressure, and have attended numerous conferences on both birth and breastfeeding.
I love this work. Whether you are traveling down this road for the first or fifth time, I want you to know that I strive to bring lots of empathy, some good old fashioned humor, and a whole lot of heart to your birth. My goal is for you to enter parenthood feeling loved, supported, and confident.
“Carolynn absolutely went above and beyond the call of duty…
Not only would I hire her again in a heartbeat, I would highly recommend her, her doula services, and her HypnoBirthing classes to anyone and everyone having a baby.”