I’m Erin, certified birth doula and independent owner of Heritage Doula in Wichita, Kansas.
I feel this is a good place to get a little more personal.
I was born in Wichita and grew up in the countryside, outside of the city on 20 acres of land. I was raised with a religious upbringing as my family attended several Baptist churches throughout my youth and still hold those memories and melodies from our church close to my heart.
My two younger brothers and I were homeschooled and upon graduating homeschool, I went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Instead of moving to campus, I completed the tough yet rewarding task of my 4-year degree completely online.
During my teens and early 20s, I was very interested in traveling and more importantly, in childbirth. I was able to accomplish fulfilling rewarding experiences for both interests as I traveled to Chicago and all the way to Israel. I was also busy at that time attending births with a midwife from our old church. My role at these births was that of an assistant to the midwife. I LOVED those nights when I got the call that a baby was going to be born and looked forward to the days I would be on a birth team.
One evening after church during my college years, a young man knocked on our door and I immediately recognized him from both school and a planning committee at church. He asked if I would be interested in going to a symphony with a group. In 2000, I married my sweet husband and we made our own beautiful music as wedding bells tolled to celebrate our happily ever after!
We now have 4 beautiful children: girl (homebirth transfer), boy (home birth with the same midwife I assisted), girl (hospital), boy (CNM at Certified Birth Doula in the Black Hills Hospital). We are second generation homeschoolers (my husband was homeschooled as well). Our oldest is a 6th grader. Our red-headed second born (also our rainbow baby) is a 3rd grader, and our strawberry-blond is a 1st grader. Our youngest, a 3-year-old, keeps all of us on our toes and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
It was not until after the birth of our third child, that I first heard about doulas. I listened to a close friend describe how much she liked having a doula at the birth of her first child and knew right away that I needed to find out more about what a doula’s role is on a birth team.
When I learned that a doula’s primary objective is to serve and comfort women in labor, I knew instantly that this was the perfect position for me on a birth team because serving is something that comes very naturally to me. I also know how it feels to need compassionate care and comfort while in labor.
When I was given some money as a Christmas gift, I decided after careful research, to enroll in Childbirth International’s Birth Doula Program. Their program was a wonderful learning journey of what it takes to be a professional doula.
My love for birth has taken me to the next step. In addition to my doula services, I also have become a certified midwife assistant (midwives offer more medical training). I work closely with several local midwives, and by God’s grace, I am delighted to offer my doula and midwife services to you!
I hope you feel like you know me a little by now. I would be delighted to meet you, and honored to be part of your birth team!
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
~Psalm 139:14 (KJV)