I am totally sweet and a little bit sassy, organized and observant, reliable, hard-working and generous. I love spending time with people, especially the funny ones that get my wit. I am a homeschool mom of five and have an amazing husband and a beautiful home in Heber, Utah, and a life that is full of challenge, joy, love, tragedy, and triumph. My favorite things are Nutella, baking and cake decorating, flowers, cold nights with hot chocolate and hot nights with frozen hot chocolate, comedy plays, flowers, newborns, cute clothes, ice skating, anything in miniature size, flowers, vintage dresses and heels, decorating, flowers, bubble baths, massages, I Love Lucy, and flowers. Oh, did I mention flowers? If I could make any dream of mine come true it would be to have a garden with an insane amount of flowers so I could go out and make a fresh bouquet every day to surprise someone with. I’m working toward that dream.
I first heard the term doula when I was pregnant with my fourth but dismissed the option because it sounded like one more nurse in the room. Later, when I fully understood what a doula was, I really regretted not having one. After my personal birth experiences I decided that not only would I have a doula for baby five but I also wanted to be one, I wanted to help bring education, options, respect, rights, and validation to birthing women. And I didn’t want to stop there, with birth, I wanted to continue it into the postpartum phase and even before pregnancy and after postpartum; pretty much any time someone needed the emotional, physical, and informational support that a doula could provide while they faced things that were new, hard, different, painful, and challenging. I retired from a decade of running a preschool and started my doula adventure, training as a doula while hiring the trainer to be there as my doula for my 5th birth which I decided to do at home. The birth was absolutely amazing and it solidified my desires to do this work for others.
I have invested heavily into my doula training to bring my clients the best comprehensive education and support. I have completed trainings/workshops with:
Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Certified Doula
Curtis Method Hypnodoula Training
Hypnobirthing, Mongan Method (as an expectant parent)
Rebozo and Bengkung Belly Binding
Reflexology and Massage for the Expecting Mom
Certified Advanced Doula Training through the Midwives College of Utah/Birth Learning
Maternal Mental Health and Mood Disorders
Becoming Dad-Training for the Doula
CAPPA Postpartum Doula Training
Midwives College of Utah Postpartum Doula Training
I believe strongly in on-going education and commit to continuously expand my knowledge base and skill level and I attend any workshop or continuing ed class I am able to. I also serve in multiple volunteer roles on the Utah Doula Association Board. My next step is certifying to be a Childbirth Educator. I have experience with all types of clients in a variety of situations and know how to professionally handle unexpected outcomes or unique challenges. I would love to meet with you today to discuss your needs! ~Michelle Holmes