Welcome. I’m so glad you are here!
My name is Josie. I am a doula, a nurse, and a PhD candidate at University of Michigan. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, moved to Grand Rapids for a few years, and now I’m back! I’m also an avid reader and a runner (some of the time at least…). I love animals, and I love to travel whenever I can pull it off.
I became a doula because I think every person who gives birth deserves to have a beautiful experience—one that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Even though I’m a registered nurse, my true home in the childbearing world is supporting families through emotional, physical, and educational support instead of providing medical care. Your body knows what to do, and I want to help your mind and your heart know it, too.
You can read more about my birth philosophy and approach as a doula on my Doula page. If you’re looking for a birth doula, let’s start by getting connected!
In my other life, I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. As a researcher, I am interested in studying three main topics:
Perinatal Mental Health
Mental health is SO important. Especially for new and expecting parents. Mental health problems can change your hormone levels–and hormone levels can change your mental health, too! That can make it really hard to practice healthy behaviors like eating well and exercising. That’s not your fault, and there is help availible. Contact me if you want help finding the right place to ask for it!
Including New Fathers
Fathers can be shunted to the side in perinatal settings, but it shouldn’t be that way. Dads are SO important for babies, and they can be just as attached and nurturing to their baby as moms are. Research says that father involvement is even related to better weight gain in preterm infants and improved breastfeeding . You can even start bonding with your baby while they are still inside mom!
Parenting as a Survivor
For people who are survivors of trauma, childbearing can be really hard. There are reminders of what happened, which can make you feel awful. It’s a time when both your body and your life can feel out of control. People who who had a tough childhood might be scared that they won’t be able to protect their baby from the same kinds of things. But there is help. Please reach out if you’d like help finding it!
Putting it All Together
I love using what I learn though my studies to help families who are having a baby. Mental health can be a difficult beast to tackle. I understand that deeply, through personal experience even more than through research. That’s why I love working with moms and dads who are survivors of trauma or who struggle with mental health.
Healing starts with connection, and there are SO many things we can do to make your birth experience empowering. If you’re looking for a doula, let’s start by getting connected! Click below to learn more about mental health during your childbearing year, and about my trauma-informed approach.
- Garfield, C. F., & Isacco, A. (2006). Fathers and the well-child visit, Pediatrics, 117, 637-645.