The Mother Hen Friend
Your Best Friend in the Birth World
I am a non-medical trained professional that provides families with evidenced-based emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual support throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
I am here to companion you through your journey and capture your story as it unfolds in its' own beautiful way.
Who is the Mother Hen Friend?
I am a wife and mom in the west valley of Phoenix, Arizona. I grew up in a household of women- surrounded by sisters. I am an advocate, a space holder, a secret keeper, and a caring companion.
I was first introduced to the holistic approach to birth in 2012 and a passion for it was lit inside me. I have had two amazing & empowering birthing center births. A water birth in 2012 and an unmedicated out-of-water birth in 2017- both midwife assisted. It was those experiences that propelled me to follow my calling in supporting families navigate their pregnancy journey, birth options, and life after baby.
I have a special understanding for military families, teen parents, and mental health survivors.
My professional training includes:
Birth & Bereavement Doula Certification with Stillbirthday
Postpartum Doula training and member with CAPPA
Know Your Rights by Birth Monopoly with Evidence Based Birth
Addressing Postnatal Depression as a Healthcare Professional with University of Exeter
Healthcare Provider CPR with American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc.
200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Spirit of Yoga
20hr Prenatal Yoga, 20hr Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress, 20hr Sound Healing with Spirit of Yoga
100 hours of Clinical Aromatherapy with Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Please contact me directly for more information.
Do Doulas Really Make a Difference?
Bohren, M.A., Hofmeyr, G., Sakala, C., et al. (2017). "Continuous support for women during childbirth." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003766.
15% increase in a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief.
38% decrease in the baby's risk of a low five minute Apgar score
39% decrease in Cesarean birth
Shorter labors by an average of 41 minutes
31% decrease of dissatisfaction with birth experience
Labor & Birth Photography
Capturing the Story
Births photography is not like a regular session- it is stepping into and capturing a story as it unfolds.
Births are unpredictable and can happen at anytime- so my commitment to you is to be on call, from 38 weeks until your baby is born. As I am also a trained doula, I am here to support you in any way I can during your labor- like helping your partner support you best or encouraging you on your journey through.
Prenatal & Birth Cheerleading
Here for You
I am committed to supporting the choices of your growing family. We will work together to ensure your birth vision and advocacy plan supports your needs and desires in labor and birth.
I will be there to hold space for you and your family as well as provide continuous emotional and physical support to you during labor.
Walking With You
The Mother Hen Friend provides emotional and physical companionship to the community to prevent families from suffering alone. I am here to walk with you through your experience and together honor the life and loss of your child.
Due to the lasting impact of the loss of a child, bereavement support and photography by The Mother Hen Friend is complimentary to those who request it.
If you feel compelled to donate to cover the cost of bereavement support and services to the community, please click the button below.
Informative & Compassionate
I promise to offer unwavering support to you and your family during the first transitional months of new parenthood.
I have you covered with knowledge of postpartum care, lactation, and so much more to enrich your postpartum journey.
Support includes light house tidying, organizing, and services for other needs you may have in the fourth trimester.