February 1, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

The action step I can personally take is the first Wagner (2006) presents: educate the public about the current state of maternity care. Though I do this in informal ways through blog articles and everyday conversations with parents, I think the area in which I can be of service most is childbirth education classes. I have been a childbirth educator since 2011 yet planned most of my classes for consumers around preparing parents for the basics of birth. Timing contractions, coping with pain and discomfort, writing up birth intentions to share with hospital staff, and an overview of breastfeeding took up most of my time with expecting families. After moving through this term’s texts, online articles, and video resources, I can...

December 12, 2018

*Disclaimer: The author has significant bias in favor of the OBGYN + Midwife group supporting this initiative and has attended numerous volunteer births at local pregnancy shelters. This article is not written in an attempt to convince, persuade, or otherwise influence doulas in how they practice.* 

For some families expecting a baby, childbirth may look much different than they anticipated during pregnancy. Most birthing people are surprised by at least one aspect of labor, birth, or the immediate postpartum period. Many are looking to soften around or prevent these surprises, unexpected outcomes, and/or potential traumas by hiring a doula to help guide and support the birther and any partner(s) that will be in attendance. However, some families can't find it in their budget to hire a private doula for support; others aren't even aware doulas exist before labor begins. 

These families are the target populations for Mission Hospital's Volunteer Doula Program, which is set to start a...

September 22, 2018

This video is all about how much excitement I've been feeling in the months since being accepted into Midwives College of Utah for midwifery school. I'm on my way to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife for Orange County & Long Beach families and am so happy to be on this path. Follow my journey on Facebook and YouTube by liking/subscribing to @yourbirthteam 

Hey everybody. This is my second video about midwifery school stuffs. I had originally intended to video much more from the time I was accepted and went to the conference at Midwives College of Utah to now, which is August. The semester’s about to start, and I really haven’t been able to take the time to sit down with my thoughts and feelings, and anything really. I’ve just been working a lot in my doula practice, which is good. It’s helped me get through these very long months in between. It feels like it’s been forever since I was accepted and started getting excited and went to the conference in April. But this is the...

May 12, 2016

On the evening of May 1, 2016, hundreds of doulas & birthing professionals from every Southern California county enjoyed an evening of food, dance, and awards at The Grand in Long Beach, CA. Every year for the past 12 years, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, nurses, midwives, and lactation professionals in the area attend a banquet hosted by The Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) in order to honor professionals who contribute positively to the greater birthing community. Amanda Cagle and Brandy Ferner of Your Birth Team were two of the nominees this year! Amanda was nominated as Birth Doula of the Year & Mentor of the Year; Brandy was nominated for Mentor of the Year.  

The theme colors this year even match Your Birth Team's teal theme!

The event was appropriately prom-themed, as high school proms everywhere were also commencing. Attendees' dress ranged from full-length gowns and tuxes to Little Black Dresses and smart shoes...