Betsy, CBE is a certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant with Childbirth International. She has also taught several classes in Childbirth Education. The CBI curriculum is very vigorous with each course containing reading assignments, exams, book review, case studies, and dozens of hours of birth, postpartum and lactation fieldwork with clients.
Betsy’s views of childbirth were shaped by her experiences living and working abroad, with women in 10 countries around the world. She’s been privileged to witness birth and teaching CBE in many cultures and as a certified cross cultural trainer, has developed the utmost respect for traditions other than her own. Betsy believes every woman, couple and family deserves the support they need on their journey through pregnancy, labor delivery and beyond. Betsy believes that the birth community must respect a woman’s rights to make decisions about her own care and that of her baby.
As a certified birth doula, her goal is to support your family to achieve the birth you envision for yourselves. Together, Betsy works with each family to create and individualized birth plan which helps her guide, support and advocate for you during labor and delivery. Betsy will be there with you throughout to assist gently with encouragement, massage, relaxation tips and information. She loves to work with partners and helps them in the same way. The first meeting with a new couple is a special time to learn about you both. With observation, Betsy devises a plan to help guide your partner to support you. Some couples need very little guidance and others find it useful to learn ways to help their spouse stay relaxed and comfortable. Working with Betsy, partners stay informed of what is happening, have their questions answered, as well as reminders to eat and sleep!
As a certified postpartum doula, Betsy helps families with comfort and confidence as you begin life with your baby. As mamas recover, Betsy provides support through answering questions, assisting with baby care, organizing your home and meals and settling siblings. If needed, Betsy can assist with overnight stays to help manage this period of adjustment. Betsy’s certification in lactation consulting (CLC) makes her the perfect postpartum doula for helping you begin a healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby!
Betsy feels the most important part of her process as a birth and postpartum doula is to make sure that each mama is getting what she needs. She may have attended 100 births, but each one is unique and each mama requires something different. Betsy approaches each mama with the inherent understanding that she know herself better than anyone else, and considers it her job to listen and care for each client in her own special way.
Betsy’s particular area of interest is working with single, unsupported and marginalized women to help them begin their journey of motherhood with confidence and joy. She believes every woman deserves support during this special time regardless of marital or economic status. Betsy is committed to supporting them with her skills at a cost that is affordable. Please reach out if you need help!
Additionally, Betsy is a Crisis hotline counselor and can help guide you if you are in crisis at any stage of your pregnancy. She is also a certified death doula, and is experienced in helping those coping with grief and loss. If you are feeling overwhelmed with circumstances surrounding your pregnancy, it is important to ask for help. With Betsy, help is here.
After many years abroad, Betsy is thrilled to be settled into her new home in Boulder with her husband. She is enjoying all the area has to offer and loves travel, hiking, outdoor photography, and spending time with her husband and 4 children.
Payment and scheduling: Betsy likes to meet with her clients prior to hiring, and she is comfortable supporting clients in all birth settings, including home birth. She believes that all women deserve support during pregnancy, labor and delivery and will work to help make that possible by offering her doula services on a sliding scale. She bases these rates from her regular fee schedule combined with your needs and discusses all payment options at your first meeting.
To reach out to Betsy, email firstname.lastname@example.org