I was always the planner. I started planning at a very early age when I wanted to go to Europe on a school trip. My parents couldn’t afford to fund the whole trip so I started working at my Dad’s office after school to pay for half. This continued through high school and college and it was the running joke with all my best friends that I was the planner. They knew I was gonna have all the details worked out for whatever we had planned.
I assumed this would translate to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum but I was so wrong! I read books, watched videos, and tried to be super prepared for those first few weeks after our first son was born. We had our amazing doula with us for birth but we overlooked the very unexpected postpartum period. Luckily my mother was able to take a lot of time off work and be there for my husband and I as we navigated those first weeks.
This was the beginning of my passion for doula work and the inspiration for Graywood Doula Services. I realized most people were like me, thinking they were prepared when honestly they didn’t know what would happen once home with a tiny human being while also running on less sleep than you have ever had in your life and trying to still act like you had it all together. I became a trained birth doula and then a trained postpartum doula prior to having our second son two years later. Currently, I’m working to become a Certified Lactation Counselor as well as finishing my certification as a postpartum doula with DONA International. I truly believe everyone deserves to have nonjudgemental support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. My goal is to support families as they navigate new transitions, new decisions, lack of sleep, and endless worries about if they are doing it right. There is an amazing network of doulas in WNC and I’m so honored to be a part of that network.
I love living in WNC with my husband, Josh, and our two boys. Both of us went to college in WNC so we have a special bond to this area and plan to raise our boys here where we can be close to the mountains but also remain close to our family in the Charlotte area. I’m so honored to watch other families in WNC as they welcome babies into their lives and homes.
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