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Mother Earth Birth

 

Embracing Nature and Respecting Science

Mother Earth Birth was founded to support all pregnant families during birth and to meet the growing need for labor advocacy in our world community. It is now widely recognized that choosing to add a labor support person to one’s birth team yields many positive health benefits. The memory of your birth experience may last a lifetime, and can have a powerful effect on your self-esteem and confidence.

My personal goal is to help women trust in their innate natures, strong bodies and the birth process. The moment that a baby is born is spiritually wondrous and magical!  It is my wish for mothers to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible, in line with their personal intentions, remaining grounded in current obstetrical science.

 

My Certifications

  At a Glance

  • Registered Nurse Clinician, Inpatient Obstetric Nurse (NCC)

  • Doula (CD, International Doula Institute)

  • Childbirth Education Specialist (Lamaze)

  • Fetal Heart Monitoring Specialist (NCC)

  • Prenatal Yoga Therapist (Matrika Prenatal Yoga)

  • Yoga Instructor (Integral Yoga Institute, 500 hrs)

Expanded

I have been a Registered Nurse working on the labor and delivery unit since 1974, and in 1989 I achieved Nurse Clinician status as an Inpatient Obstetric Nurse through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). I am an NCC-certified Fetal Heart Monitoring Specialist. For 20 years, I taught the Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurse’s (AWHONN) certification course, "Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices", to physicians and medical professionals. In addition, I taught the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) "Neonatal Resuscitation Program" (NRP) for 15 years.

 

In 1990, I became certified as a Childbirth Education Specialist through Lamaze International, and I have taught Childbirth classes consistently ever since.

In 2020, I became a certified Doula through the International Doula Institute, integrating my 45 years’ of clinical labor and delivery and childbirth education experience into my doula training.

In addition to the above, I am a 500-hour certified yoga instructor with the Integral Yoga Institute and have been practicing yoga since the early 60’s, following the lead of my favorite Beatle, George Harrison. I currently teach the Anatomy and Physiology segment of the Integral Yoga Institute of Princeton’s teacher training course, and in 2015 I became certified as a Registered Yoga Prenatal Therapist through Matrika Prenatal Yoga.

 

My final and most significant qualification as a childbirth specialist was having my own four beautiful children! I was also lucky enough to have assisted during the labor and delivery of my four grandchildren.

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Pregnant Woman by Birch