My passion is helping women and their partners navigate the challenges and joys of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
I have been supporting women in labor as a DONA certified Birth Doula since 2011. I earned my Bachelors in Biology from Millikin University and taught science and math for 5 years in the Waverly, Illinois and Portland, Oregon schools. I received my Massage Therapy License in Portland, Oregon and worked in Springfield for 7 years until I became immersed in birth work. In addition to being an active labor doula in Springfield, I've been teaching the St. John's "Childbirth Express" class and helping women with lactation concerns as a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2012. In addition, I've been leading BIRTHING FROM WITHIN© classes since 2013.
During the birth of my two children in 2005 and 2008, I felt well-informed, empowered and supported throughout the process. Reflecting on my positive birth experiences, I knew that I wanted to help other mothers experience a fulfilling birth as they define it.
It is important for me to get to know the mother and her partner to discuss preferences and concerns before the important day arrives. I can help couples create a birth plan they feel comfortable with and encourage mom to discuss those preferences with her primary care provider. Open communication and exploration of birthing expectations can set the tone for a trusting and confident birthing experience. While attending her labor, my focus is on the mother and how best her partner/spouse and I can support her.
It is truly an honor to be present at the birth of a child and to provide the mother with nurturing, experienced support during such an important experience in her life.
Hiring Andra was the best decision we made during the pregnancy. Every woman should have this guidance and support for their pregnancy. Andra was available offering support, advice, guidance at every step. She did research for me, went to doctor appointment, talked to me on the phone, texted...she did it all! I had a wonderful support team during my pregnancy and when I delivered my baby. I highly recommend Andra and would love to work with her again!
Andra was a calming presence during our long labor and I really appreciated her hands-on support with back labor! She also helped my husband and me make informed decisions throughout! We were so grateful for Andra's kind spirit and tireless commitment!