About

Okay, where to begin...I'm Brighid (bridge-id). I'm an Enneagram 2 and a Pisces sun. I'm what they call an "old soul"...intuitive, pragmatic, intentional. I love riding horses, comedy, and spending time with loved ones. 

I believe my clients have everything within them to have the birth of their dreams. I am honored that I get to be their trail guide through that process. We both put the work in. When it comes down to it, the modern day obstetric model can over-treat, over-intervene and simply treat pregnant women like a bomb about to go off. What is at baseline a biological, normal event (birth) has now become a highly medicalized event existing in the parameters of insurance and physician liability. Emergencies do happen- but how many are preventable? I think Dr. Victoria Flores, an OB in Los Angeles says it best "I have a very old fashioned way of thinking physicians should be able to practice, which is to do what they want with the art that they have. Nowadays, you have to accomplish the design that's created for you that the insurance providers will permit". All that said, with proper education and mental preparation, my clients are able to approach their births with a calm, collected and informed attitude. They understanding their rights and know they can trust experts while still being in the drivers seat. 

Whether at home or the hospital, a positive birth experience is more likely when there is informed consent (nothing done without your yes or no), joint decision making (without coercion) and continuous support.

 

What about postpartum? While a lot of what I said above still  applies, this gets it's own spotlight, too! I follow the teachings and wisdom behind what is called The Fourth Trimester. A time that requires support, rest, nourishment and healing. I support my postpartum clients by meeting them where they are and providing them with the support they *truly* need, no matter how that looks. I place emphasis on the benefits of responsive parenting, so my clients are able to build their child's secure attachment and bond.

 

Education: Bachelor's in Communication from Kent State University

 

Certifications: 40 Hour Domestic Violence Counselor, Infant & Adult CPR/First Aid,  Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula

Trainings/Seminars/Workshops:

  • Bini Birth DONA Birth Doula Workshop

  • Bini Birth Intro To Childbirth for Doulas

  • Two Doulas Birth Childbirth Education class

  • Infant Care & Safety Training- New North Newborn Care

  • 40-hour Domestic Violence Counseling Training, Devon Malick MSW

  • Trauma-Informed Strategies: Early brain development, the impact of ACES/trauma, stress and stress recovery

  • Levels of engagement, learning how to rate engagement, sensorimotor strategies to promote regulation and engagement in children

  • Learn How To Make Your Birth Plan The RIGHT Way with Dr. Nicole Rankins OBGYN

  • Nutrition Class for Optimal Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, Kathy Killebrew BA CCE

  • Slow Doula Method by Doula Trainings Int. 

  • Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Training Course

  • Top 5 Reasons for Evidence on Induction, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN

  • Lactation Educator Training, California State University Northridge

  • Hypnobirthing Support Techniques for Birth Professionals