Always having a desire for an intervention-free birth, many of Ashley's birth experiences were less than ideal. Her first two deliveries were inundated with interventions, mostly because she wasn't aware of her rights or options in the hospital. After much personal research, her third hospital delivery was intervention-free, but very emotional due to constantly defending her birth choices. Not desiring that same disappointment with her fourth child, she planned a homebirth. It was beyond beautiful. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen medical complications, her fifth child’s planned homebirth started in the hospital and ended in an emergency cesarean section.
Because of these varied experiences, Ashley strongly believes that every parent should have access to information about natural birth, their parental rights and their options for childbirth, no matter where they choose to deliver.
After years of waiting for the right time for her family, in August 2013 Ashley attended a doula training course through Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) and is currently finishing her Labor Doula Certification. She is looking forward to supporting families in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas for years to come!
Ashley's desire is to provide education to families so that they can make informed decision regarding pregnancy, labor and delivery. She is happy to give support in any setting, whether it’s in a hospital, birthing center or at home. All women can benefit from the support of a doula, and Ashley would love to be there to advocate for your personal birth plan.
- Free consultation
- Ongoing 24-hour telephone, text and/or e-mail support
- 1-3 prenatal visits as needed
- Assistance in creating a birth plan
- Emotional, physical and informational support before, during and after birth
- Initial breastfeeding support
- 1 postpartum visit with the family in their home
- Photos during labor and/or delivery as requested (with family's equipment)
- Baby-wearing education and support