Stephanie King, CBE
Wife, Mother, Childbirth Educator, Doula...future Midwife
I love being a wife and mother. They are my greatest callings in this life. When I began this journey of wife and mother almost a decade ago, I had no idea how intense, beautiful, challenging, rewarding and humbling it would be. I have a feeling there is a lot of not knowing ahead of me as well, but I look forward to experiencing each new moment with my family by my side.
Professionally, I have taken my Childbirth Education Training and have been certified as an Instructor & Doula with one of the most well-known methods in existence today, though as of recently I am no longer affiliated with them. I have also trained through Doulas of North America (DONA). All of this experience is in preparation to help me obtain my goal of becoming a midwife.
I began this work as many birth workers do... with an undesired experience. I was so excited when I became pregnant with my first baby! When things did not go as "planned" and I had every intervention possible with this birth ending in a cesarean, I knew I had to learn more before the next baby.
My next two births were INCREDIBLE! I educated myself so much more. I read tons and tons of books, studies, articles, birth stories, anything I could get my hands on and we took The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth Classes in preparation. I researched VBAC's (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) and found a doctor who was willing to work with me to achieve this. My second baby was born medicated (epidural) and with a midwife as my first VBAC baby. My third was born at home, completely unmedicated with my husband, a midwife, and a doula. To read more about my personal birth stories, go to the My Birth Journey page or click here.
After my last birth at home, I knew I had to do something to share this with other women. If I could do it, so could they. I began looking into becoming a Certified Childbirth Instructor and that flowed so easily into doula work. I loved teaching childbirth classes and I continue to adore helping families through education, labor, & doula work.
I have taught many couples as a childbirth educator and have even been so blessed as to attend many of my students' births. I have learned so much through personal experience, study, continuing education, students and doula couples that I am so grateful to be able to pass on each class. Through this work as a childbirth educator and doula I help families to achieve the best birth possible for them. I am able to help them have a voice in labor, provide physical, emotional and mental support, and ultimately help parents create the birth they desire through positive communication and informed consent.
I have experience supporting families in natural/unmedicated, medicated (with or without an epidural and/or use of other medication), high-risk, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) - including having two of my own-, vaginal breech, home birth, birth center, and hospital births. A lot of my support is hands-on such as massaging and counter-pressure, but there is also a lot of behind-the-scenes work that I am grateful to do so that dad spends his time with mom instead of running around, like getting chapstick, water, heat packs, washcloths, cleaning messes, etc. Doulas are amazing at taking the stress off the parents so they are able to enjoy the JOY of birthing and the bonding that should take place when all other worries are removed. I will never labor without one and my husband agrees! How lucky I am to serve in this work!