About DoulaSand

Located in Rochelle, Virginia, I am a DONA certified doula & Evidence Based Birth® Instructor serving families of Charlottesville, Culpeper and the surrounding area. 

DoulaSand Philosophy

It is the responsibility of a doula to offer support in childbirth. I respect however you choose to give birth and am here to assist you and support you in your decisions. I will provide you with information, tools and resources that will allow you to make your choices confidently and ensure that you are well prepared to have your best possible experience. In my practice, I focus on serving women and families compassionately and without judgement. I feel that the birth of a child is a sacred family experience that deserves an atmosphere filled with respect and absent of fear.

It is my goal to ensure that you are well prepared to enter confidently into childbirth & the journey of parenthood.

Education and Training

I have always had a deep rooted passion for helping others, as well as a fascination with the human body and the magic of childbirth.  Fueled by this love of the human body and desire to help others, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and spent several years as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant working with children with disabilities as well as elderly and terminally ill clients.  I have a wide range of experience providing physical and emotional support to people in various settings including hospitals and their own homes.

The search for a career that would allow me to serve families has led me to become a DONA certified doula.  I believe strongly that our connections with one another give our human experience meaning, and these connections start with birth.  As a doula, it is my goal to help families bring their little ones into a loving, connected environment so that they can get the best start possible.

I feel passionately that families deserve access to the highest quality of care, that they deserve to know their options, and that they deserve unbiased support in making the decisions that are best for themselves and their children. The desire to provide families with access to these things led me to become an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor offering workshops and seminars for parents and professionals in the Charlottesville community.

Personal Birth Experience

My husband and I have three daughters – our oldest was born in a free standing birth center and our twins were born via Cesarean.  These two experiences were very different in many ways, but each experience showed me that when a woman is provided with information, options, and loving support, birth can be a transforming and empowering experience in any setting.  Throughout each of these experiences, I was provided with knowledgeable, nurturing support.  It is my goal to pass this gift of support on to other families as they enter into their own birth.