Annie has a wealth of experience supporting laboring families, and has even served as a volunteer birth doula at MetroHealth. Her warm and compassionate demeanor brings a sense of calm to her clients, and she especially loves working closely with the laboring mom's birth partner throughout the birth process. Professionally she has also worked in the family business as an engineering clerk for her dad's engineering company. She's been married to her "incredible" hubby for 10 years, and they have an 8 year old daughter, Addison. They love to travel and experience new places together. Annie is a huge animal-lover; they have 4 dogs: a German Shepherd, French Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, and a Teddy bear (Bichon shih tzu), as well as two rag doll cats and a toucan. Annie has a background in Lamaze and lactation, and is honored to provide both birth and postpartum doula support to families in CLE.
Get to Know Annie
What do you enjoy most about birth and postpartum work?
I love meeting new people and getting to be a part of a life-changing event for families that I have grown to care for. Each birth is different and exciting; I enjoy the challenge of helping a mother and her partner have a positive experience.
The moment when the baby is placed on the mother’s chest is so magical. The flood of emotions that overcomes everyone is unlike anything I have ever experienced. My heart has always been in serving others, and I feel honored to be a part of each and every birth.
What's something unique about you?
I take our German Shepherd to agility training classes. It’s great exercise for both of us. Today a doula, tomorrow the Westminster Dog Show!
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include reading books, going for walks on the bike trail with our pups, spending time with my family, and riding bikes with my daughter. I enjoy studying and learning as much as I can about birth work. I love finding new research and techniques that I can use to become a better doula.
What is the hardest challenge you've ever faced?
No contest: cancer. It has taught me to slow down and take things one day at a time, to enjoy each and every moment and to never take anything for granted. Honestly, it has changed us as a family for the better. The support I have received on this journey has brought us closer; cancer picked the wrong family to mess with!
- Marshall University, 2008
Certifications, Trainings, & Workshops
- DONA, Certified, Birth
- DONA, Trained, Postpartum
- Lamaze International, Lamaze Childbirth Educator
- Lactation Education Resources, Basis of Lactation Management for Doulas