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%.
In August 2023, I received certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. I pursued this specialization as a way to professionally offer support to women in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Up to 20% of women in America experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), the number one obstetric complication in America. There are ways to prevent and treat PMADs through various forms and it is my joy to meet with women and sometimes their families to serve them wherever they are on their journey.
Beyond this passion-fueled 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 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. I am certified as a Perinatal/Maternal Mental Health Specialist through Postpartum Support International since August 2023. 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.