Hi there. I am Allison, a momma to three little beautiful humans and a wife to one big beautiful human. They are the people I spend every day with and they are the ones who have shaped me more than any other in the last decade, so I feel I must begin this section with them.
It was in 2010 I gave birth for the first time, my husband and a birth doula by my side. I learned then the invaluable importance and presence of a birth doula to hear me, see me, receive my hand grip, dig fists into my lower back (counter pressure for that hefty back labor!), speak words of guidance and encouragement, and all with a quiet unwavering belief that I, her client and friend, am strong and capable. I have since had the support of a birth doula for each of my births, and in 2018 I joined the ranks and became one myself!
I believe every woman giving birth deserves compassionate, informative care every step of the way. Research and our own hearts tell us that women feel most satisfied in their birth experiences, for the short and long term, when they feel they are in control throughout their labor and birth experience, and when they are the primary informed decision maker for themselves and their babies. It is my honor to come alongside women to serve and support them in this way. I doula with all of my heart and give my clients 100%.
Beyond this passion-fueled doula work, I love to grow food and flowers on our three acres of Earth in Alexandria, Ohio, sit around a campfire, read historical fiction, drink coffee in the mornings with my husband, attend live music, and instill wonder and thrill into my three everyday buddies (my children) through home living and the great outdoors.
My husband is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community health for adults and adolescents. It is our shared passion to serve and care for people - mind, body and soul.
I have been trained through doula organizations ToLabor (in 2014) and DONA International (in 2018), completing certification in June 2019 with DONA, the most recognized doula training and certifying organization worldwide. In January 2021, I began training as a Maternal Mental Health Specialist and will be certified through Postpartum Support International by Autumn 2021. I am also a part of a doula group, Licking County Doula Collective, in the county I reside where we serve and support our neighbors together.