Mother of three sons who are now grown. I had two very long births and one quick one; two at home and one in a hospital.
Education As A Doula
My experience includes over 1000 births as an attending doula. Worked for 18 months with the Kaiser Doula Research Project, assisting 28 families in the study with their births. Started attending births as a doula in 1986, certified through ACBE (Academy of Certified Birth Educators) in 1996. Member of PALS (Professional Assisted Labor Support) in 1997 and then a founding member of Valley Foothill Doula Collective in 1997. Member of DONA (Doulas of North America) since 1996 and certified through DONA in 2000. Attend approximately one labor related seminar a year. Former president of the Valley Foothill Doula Collective. Also see CCDC.