Hello, I’m Virginia

Glad to meet you!

Tom [my husband] and I grew up in Arizona, met in high school, and married in May 1979.  We moved around with the Navy for 10 years.  After Tom left the Navy, we lived in Maryland for 16 years, moving to Webster, NY in 2006 and to Berwick, PA in 2010, where we plan to stay!

We are blessed to have eight amazing adult children and four wonderful son-in-laws, as well as seven delightful grandchildren ages 23 to 8, a grandson-in-law, and two adorable great grandsons!

I was a stay-at-home mom and have also worked as a nurse in a long-term care/rehabilitation facility and in a doctor’s office. Now my work as a doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor are my full-time job! Working with families during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum is not only my job but my passion! I have been a doula for 18+ years and have attended over 300 births.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing volunteer work through the community and our church, sewing, crocheting and reading.

Trainings, Certifications, Membership

When Survivors Give Birth

– Approved Level 1 educator 2019

– Attended Training – October 2018

Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice*

– Certified Lactation Counselor – February 2017

– CLC Exam – January 2017

– 40-hour Lactation Counselor training course – January 2017

DONA International*

– Served on DONA International Board of Directors 2011-2018

So honored to be able to work with the amazing Penny Simkin, one of the founders of DONA International, when I served as President in 2017

– Certification – March 2002

– Labor Doula Training – June 2001

Advanced Doula Designation – July 2019

Lamaze International*

– Certified – June 2015

– LCCE exam – April 2015

– Lamaze Educator Training – August 2014

Licensed Practical Nurse – 2006 – Present

American Heart Association Provider CPR Certified

Current Federal and PA Criminal background and child abuse clearances

* Continuing Education and Recertification is required every 3 years

I have attended numerous conferences and participate regularly in continuing education training. Some of these trainings include: the use of the Rebozo, Peanut ball, Labor ball and TENs Units during labor and birth; Spinning Babies; preparing and supporting survivors of trauma during childbirth; as well as more general training on birth and postpartum doula work.

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