Our Birth and More Wellness team is made up of experienced doulas and childbirth educators with over 1500 births combined. We are ready to serve you on your birthing journey.
Hello! My name is Kristin Lacy; I provide birth & postpartum doula services as well as childbirth education. I offer doula services for home and hospital birth settings. The following is a little bit more about me and how I became passionate about birth.
My first pregnancy was very challenging, and it made me think that there had to be a better way to give birth. I was kind of embarrassed about feeling that way, because I had a great “medicalized” team of doctors. I just didn’t realize soon enough that they weren’t really a good fit for me.
A few years later, I was working at a pediatrician’s office, and a woman came in just raving about her incredible birth experience. She mentioned using a doula, and I had to learn more. Once I did, I realized that I had found my calling. Throughout my journey as a doula, it has resonated with me that the more hands-off you are with women, the better the outcomes are for women and their families.
I’ve trained in various organizations such as CAPPA- Birth Doula, and DONA International. I received several Birth Doula certifications from DONA, Health Connect One, Train the Trainer, Birth Doula & Breast Feeding Peer Counselor, Commonsense Childbirth Inc, MCH specialist training, Lamaze International, childbirth educator, Spinning Babies, and the Rebozo technique.
I am active in our local birth community, hosting events such as Gail Tully’s Spinning Babies workshop in the spring of 2012; I have also taught childbirth education classes, and received my Lamaze certification from Lamaze International. I am certified in neonatal resuscitation and infant/child/adult CPR.
My doula journey began at the age of 20 when I began attending the births of my friends. Not only until I had my own first child, did I realize how much support, and educated support, is crucial. After a traumatic birthing experience, I felt that no one should be made to feel how I felt, and that more support is needed for birthing people. My mission is to help women feel informed and find their power. I do this by assisting you in getting accurate, evidence-based information to make your own personal decisions for your pregnancy, delivery, and baby's medical care. If you don't know all of your options then you don't have any, and your decisions will be made for you. I encourage you to be educated in your delivery options, and make educated decisions that are right for you. By doing this, partners bond better and become empowered parents. I encourage transparent communication between yourself and your midwife/doctor. I do not advocate FOR you in the delivery room, since this builds tension and stress for your midwife/doctor. Instead, I encourage you to use full communication prior to delivery, making sure you're right a provider that supports your choices, and for you to use your voice in the delivery room. I also help remind you of your birthing preferences and help you stay on track to acheive your goals. I seek positive relationships with care providers and nursing staff so that everything is copacetic for you, leading to the positive birth experience you wish for. I fully believe our birth experience can shape the kind of parents we become. I hope to build the confidence in you when it comes to your pregnancy, birth, and parenting choices.
The decision to become a doula was an easy one for me. My whole life, I always wanted to be a mom. I was born with a deep desire to take care of and nurture other people. It took a lot longer than my husband and I had planned to make that dream come true. So we adopted our oldest two sons when they were 7 and 8 years old. Shortly after that, my first biological son was born. Sixteen months later, our second biological son was born. Four kids in two years. We certainly had our prayers answered! Having been given the gift of experiencing childbirth, it made me realize how strong a womans body really is. I also had some difficulty navigating the process on my own and had longed for a different story after my second birth. So becoming a doula felt right. Birth shouldn’t be scary and feared but rather embraced and enjoyed. My goal is to offer compassion, understanding, knowledge and evidence based advice during your birth journey. Support for the partner is important as well!
Pregnancy and childbirth have fascinated me since I was a young teenager and picked up "What to Expect When You're Expecting" from my pregnant sister-in-law's coffee table. I read it cover to cover like a novel then, and my passion for gaining all the information I could get my hands on only grew later in life with my own three pregnancies and labors. After a lengthy and challenging delivery of my first child, I decided to arm myself with a doula for my second. The difference in having a doula present was enormous for me and subsequently helped inspire me to put my experience, learning and passion to use as a doula to help other women feel empowered as they make the transition to motherhood.
After earning my B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, I spent my early career consulting in the area of health plan quality measurement and improvement at organizations in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. I have completed DONA’s training and certification requirements, attended infant/child/adult CPR training, and participated in the Spinning Babies training workshop.
Having served as a childcare provider for over a decade Charlotte trained as a Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Specialist in 2014. She has since helped families adjust to life with a newborn and help prepare new siblings for bringing home baby. Charlotte Beach has demonstrated excellence in household management and sibling care all the while exuding a sense of calm in all she does. Charlotte spends her spare time electing to take additional educational courses beyond the requirements of any of the certifications she already holds. With advanced training in first aid and safety as a FF/EMT and advanced training in CPR as a certified CPR instructor she has a passion for helping families feel prepared and confident in their journeys. She joins our team as the Postpartum coordinator and is ready to help your family as your Daytime or Overnight Postpartum Doula.
Hi! My name is Megan Wright; I am a wife, mother, nanny and postpartum doula. I have been a nanny for the past 8 years. I love working with new families and helping them grow and develop their confidence and routines as a family.
I’ve always been passionate about children and watching them grow and learn. I didn’t realize how much until I was going to school and trying to find the right courses that I thoroughly enjoyed. Once I realized that I needed to be working with children and families, I quit my corporate job, and dove in with both feet as a nanny. I am happy to say, that was the right choice for me. I have not only been able to grow personally, but I have also gained people who I now consider my family.
It wasn’t until a few years into my job as a nanny, that I learned what a birth and postpartum doula were. When I did find out I had to learn more! I had a very rough pregnancy with my daughter. Kristin saved me. She was the angel I needed. After having my daughter, and getting to know Kristin better, she encouraged me to seek more information and investigate becoming a postpartum doula. So, I did. That training was amazing and has made me even more passionate about helping families, at every stage, bond, nurture and enjoy their growing family.
Allison is a Postpartum Doula who works with families, giving them the extra support and caring hands.
Allison believes that women should be empowered and supported throughout the process of becoming a mother, to help take care of your baby with you.
Allison has over 10 years of experience with babies and children as a nanny and babysitting. Five of those years were as a kindergarten paraprofessional and preschool teacher. In addition she has worked in a pediatric outpatient therapy department, helping Physical and Occupational Therapists. When Allison isn’t working with families she is teaching and caring for horses.
Allison had her Postpartum Doula training with CAPPA. She has first aid and CPR with infants up to adults.