Hi, I'm Anne, your Hampton Roads, VA Doula!
I have a strong passion for supporting families during pregnancy, labor, & postpartum. My goal is to support you in having an informed and respected birth experience, as well as to provide a calm and reassuring presence.
I believe that everyone should have the guidance and encouragement to birth and parent in the way that best meets their needs & values. Being informed of your options, speaking up for yourself, and preparing your mind are all keys to a satisfying and empowering birth experience.
I am committed to getting to know you throughout your pregnancy, and creating a close relationship with you before that special day. It would be an honor to support & comfort you during these most intimate and sacred moments of your life!
Please read more about my doula services and feel free to contact me!
"Anne is such a knowledgeable and kind woman- being a doula is just in her blood! I am so thankful that I found her! The support she offers even after birth is amazing and very welcomed for this first time mom! She is such a loving and wonderful person and I have grown to love her over my journey from pregnancy to post-partum and beyond!" - K. T.
A little more about me:
I grew up in a small town called Merrill, Michigan. I have lived in Virginia since 2007. I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy, in which I served 6 years as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handler.
After separating from the Navy in 2013, I worked as a birth doula, stay-at-home mother, and college student for 3 years. I now have a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.
In February 2023, I completed 700 hours of Massage Therapy education at Cayce/Reilly School of Massage. I am currently awaiting my LMT license, so that I can begin offering prenatal/postpartum massage, as well as foot reflexology services in 2023!
I currently work part-time as a Nutrition Care Coordinator at Option Care, helping patients who are on feeding tubes and receive enteral nutrition therapy.
I have experience and knowledge in the topics of babywearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and car seat safety.
I have two beautiful children whom I enjoy spending a lot of time with! My son Tylor is 12 and my daughter Addison is 10.
I gave birth on July 2nd, 2019 to a handsome little boy for another family, as a surrogate. It was a goal of mine to be a surrogate and it was a life-changing & incredible journey.
In my spare time, I love to go to the beach, play beach volleyball, go hiking, do yoga, swim, read, and stand-up paddleboard.
Trainings & Certifications
Trained & Certified Labor Doula
ToLabor (The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options and Resources) - Trained in January 2013 and Certified May 2014. Re-certification requirements are met annually.
Rebozo Workshop Training
Trained in rebozo techniques by Gena Kirby in 2016.
Spinning Babies Training
Trained in Spinning Babies techniques at a workshop in May 2019.
TENS Unit Training
Completed training in 2019 by DoulaVersity on how to use TENS units for pain management during labor.
Massage Therapy Training
Completed 700 hours of massage therapy education at Cayce/Reilly School of Massage February 2022-2023.
Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Training
Trained by ProDoula in February 2020.