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Hi there! I’m Emilie, a Certified Birth Doula and Student Childbirth Educator. I am glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll find some quiet and a bit of beauty for your soul as you peruse around the site. 

I am married to my dearest James and stay-at-home mama to my blonde, curly-headed fairy girl, Eleanor. I am a homemaker and especially love the craft of creating beauty and inviting others into my home to taste and see God’s goodness. Recently, I have been especially interested in slow living and traditional womanhood. I love to read and talk about good books and tromp about the woods with my daughter. In the evenings, you can usually find me with a steaming cup of tea, reading or chatting with my husband (or washing the dishes… again). I long to live life joyfully and with wisdom, but like each of us, I often fall short — a constant reminder to turn to God in repentance. I am on a quest to find beauty, to fight with beauty, and to love and abide with Christ all the more — to keep praying again and again — Lord, Have Mercy!

Thank you for visiting! Look around, enjoy, and let me know if you’d like to have a chat. 

Emilie

Welcome

Hi there! I’m Emilie, a Certified Birth Doula and Student Childbirth Educator. I am glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll find some quiet and a bit of beauty for your soul as you peruse around the site. 

I am married to my dearest James and stay-at-home mama to my blonde, curly-headed fairy girl, Eleanor. I am a homemaker and especially love the craft of creating beauty and inviting others into my home to taste and see God’s goodness. Recently, I have been especially interested in slow living and traditional womanhood. I love to read and talk about good books and tromp about the woods with my daughter. In the evenings, you can usually find me with a steaming cup of tea, reading or chatting with my husband (or washing the dishes… again). I long to live life joyfully and with wisdom, but like each of us, I often fall short — a constant reminder to turn to God in repentance. I am on a quest to find beauty, to fight with beauty, and to love and abide with Christ all the more — to keep praying again and again — Lord, Have Mercy!

Thank you for visiting! Look around, enjoy, and let me know if you’d like to have a chat. 

Emilie

CREDENTIALS

Certified Birth Doula - Childbirth International (2022)

Student Childbirth Educator - Lamaze International (Currently Completing)

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Christian Theology & Psychology (NGU, 2019)

VBAC Experienced

Hospital & Home-Birth Experienced

Mama to Eleanor (Birthed at Vanderbilt Birthing Center, February 2021)

CREDENTIALS

Certified Birth Doula - Childbirth International (2022)

Student Childbirth Educator - Lamaze International (Currently Completing)

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Christian Theology & Psychology (NGU, 2019)

VBAC Experienced

Hospital & Home-Birth Experienced

Mama to Eleanor (Birthed at Vanderbilt Birthing Center, February 2021)

CREDENTIALS

  • Certified Birth Doula – Childbirth International (2022)
  • Student Childbirth Educator – Lamaze International (Currently Completing)
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Christian Theology & Psychology (NGU, 2019)
  • VBAC Experienced 
  • Hospital & Home-Birth Experienced 
  • Mama to Eleanor (Birthed at Vanderbilt Birthing Center, February 2021)

Why Birth Work?

Although I didn’t grow up around women who were having natural births, and I wasn’t aware of the options available, I always felt a depth of joy and excitement when I passed by a pregnant woman on the street or had the opportunity to talk with someone about becoming a mother. I can remember being a little girl and being interested in the process of pregnancy and its beauty and miraculousness. As a child, I loved helping and caring for others. To my great surprise, my parents recently found a home-video series I made when I was 12 on how to care for a baby. Birth work has been in my bones for a long time, before I knew the word “doula” or understood the process of birth.

In 2015, I sat in the muggy, breezy apartment of a dear friend as she talked with me about the triumphs, challenges, and joys of the births of her two sons, both born at home. I was 18 at the time, and I had left the only home I knew to spend six months in Southeast Asia with this lovely family who lived and worked there. Little did I know, this talk would change the way I viewed the world, motherhood, and the role women play in the process of bearing new life. Before this conversation, I knew very little about pregnancy or birth, despite my interest as a little girl— the gist of my knowledge came down to: “ah, yes… one gets pregnant, gets her routine OB care, goes into labor, heads to the hospital, gets the epidural, and boom — baby is here.” I had no idea that home birth was an option or that women could even regularly give birth without the help of pain medication! From the onset of this conversation, I was in awe — I was ready to learn all I could about the physiology of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. How could I help women through this process? I wanted to know.

After those six months, I came home, went to college, and the prospect of doula work lingered in the recesses of my mind. I read when I could, watched birth videos, and went to a couple of doula workshops. During my senior year, I had the opportunity to attend one of my oldest and dearest friends’ births. After her birth, I drove home in the evening while the sun was setting on a chilly December day, and I cried. The sky was a lovely bright red with strips of pink and gold, and oh, my heart ached — it ached with a depth of gratitude and joy I had never experienced because, truly, being present for the birth of a new life is a dear, sacred event, and it is an indescribable honor. Birth work in my bones? — absolutely, completely, and for sure . After this day, I knew that I would continue on, even if slowly, to work towards becoming a Certified Birth Doula.

So, here I am several years later — I am married, and like countless women before me, I’ve birthed my own child into the world. I slowly finished my certification through Childbirth International after becoming a mother, and in the midst, have attended births on and off for a few years. My faith deeply influences the way I think about the female body, the good work of birth, and the way we as women are uniquely created to bear life into the world. The design of the female body in pregnancy and birth is, for lack of a better word, a true miracle — a joy, a goodness, and a light. The process of birth is good and right, and our bodies are built to know what to do. Birth is a normal and ordinary physiological process; yet, even still, the time and space in which we give birth is sacred and holy as new life comes forth. I am here to help mothers gain confidence in the fact that they were created for such a good thing. Unfortunately, with the rise of modernism, most communities are too large or spread out for the village-like community where wise women and family members would care for the childbearing woman. Through educational, physical and emotional support, I am committed to help fill the gap that modernity has created by caring for and serving mothers.

Why Birth Work?

Although I didn’t grow up around women who were having natural births, and I wasn’t aware of the options available, I always felt a depth of joy and excitement when I passed by a pregnant woman on the street or had the opportunity to talk with someone about becoming a mother. I can remember being a little girl and being interested in the process of pregnancy and its beauty and miraculousness. As a child, I loved helping and caring for others. To my great surprise, my parents recently found a home-video series I made when I was 12 on how to care for a baby. Birth work has been in my bones for a long time, before I knew the word “doula” or understood the process of birth.

In 2015, I sat in the muggy, breezy apartment of a dear friend as she talked with me about the triumphs, challenges, and joys of the births of her two sons, both born at home. I was 18 at the time, and I had left the only home I knew to spend six months in Southeast Asia with this lovely family who lived and worked there. Little did I know, this talk would change the way I viewed the world, motherhood, and the role women play in the process of bearing new life. Before this conversation, I knew very little about pregnancy or birth, despite my interest as a little girl— the gist of my knowledge came down to: “ah, yes… one gets pregnant, gets her routine OB care, goes into labor, heads to the hospital, gets the epidural, and boom — baby is here.” I had no idea that home birth was an option or that women could even regularly give birth without the help of pain medication! From the onset of this conversation, I was in awe — I was ready to learn all I could about the physiology of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. How could I help women through this process? I wanted to know.

After those six months, I came home, went to college, and the prospect of doula work lingered in the recesses of my mind. I read when I could, watched birth videos, and went to a couple of doula workshops. During my senior year, I had the opportunity to attend one of my oldest and dearest friends’ births. After her birth, I drove home in the evening while the sun was setting on a chilly December day, and I cried. The sky was a lovely bright red with strips of pink and gold, and oh, my heart ached — it ached with a depth of gratitude and joy I had never experienced because, truly, being present for the birth of a new life is a dear, sacred event, and it is an indescribable honor. Birth work in my bones? — absolutely, completely, and for sure . After this day, I knew that I would continue on, even if slowly, to work towards becoming a Certified Birth Doula one day.

So, here I am several years later — I am married, and like countless women before me, I’ve birthed my own child into the world. I slowly finished my certification through Childbirth International after becoming a mother, and in the midst, have attended births on and off for a few years. My faith deeply influences the way I think about the female body, the good work of birth, and the way we as women are uniquely created to bear life into the world. The design of the female body in pregnancy and birth is, for lack of a better word, a true miracle — a joy, a goodness, and a light. The process of birth is good and right, and our bodies are built to know what to do. Birth is a normal and ordinary physiological process; yet, even still, the time and space in which we give birth is sacred and holy as new life comes forth. I am here to help mothers gain confidence in the fact that they were created for such a good thing. Unfortunately, with the rise of modernism, most communities are too large or spread out for the village-like community where wise women and family members would care for the childbearing woman. Through educational, physical and emotional support, I am committed to help fill the gap that modernity has created by caring for and serving mothers.

 

Welcome

Hi there! I’m Emilie, a Certified Birth Doula and Student Childbirth Educator. I am glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll find some quiet and a bit of beauty for your soul as you peruse around the site. 

I am married to my dearest James and stay-at-home mama to my blonde, curly-headed fairy girl, Eleanor. I am a homemaker and especially love the craft of creating beauty and inviting others into my home to taste and see God’s goodness. Recently, I have been especially interested in slow living and traditional womanhood. I love to read and talk about good books and tromp about the woods with my daughter. In the evenings, you can usually find me with a steaming cup of tea, reading or chatting with my husband (or washing the dishes… again). I long to live life joyfully and with wisdom, but like each of us, I often fall short — a constant reminder to turn to God in repentance. I am on a quest to find beauty, to fight with beauty, and to love and abide with Christ all the more — to keep praying again and again — Lord, Have Mercy!

Thank you for visiting! Look around, enjoy, and let me know if you’d like to have a chat. 

Emilie

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