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About Me

Hi! My name is Ariel. I became a doula in April of 2015 after giving birth to my daughter. I am a mom of two and passionate about all things motherhood. I am an avid user of exclamation points and get excited over the smallest things sometimes. I believe every birth is beautiful no matter how it happens, but the most important thing is that families are educated on their options! I have been doing photography my whole life, but started taking it more seriously when I became a doula. I started offering separate birth photography packages in January of 2016 and have attended many births where my love for it grows each time. The first birth I attended as a birth photographer was for a friend and from there my love grew bigger and bigger and here I am today!

 

How it all started...

I watched my mom give birth to my sister when I was 14 and I was in love with how the birth process worked. The strength a woman holds on the day she gives birth is truly magical. Fast forward to when I gave birth to my daughter in 2015 and I truly realized that birth work was my calling. Throughout my pregnancy I had researched everything I could think of that I wanted for my birth and I was convinced I was going to have an amazing birth experience. I got to the hospital feeling strong and ready for the magic. I was induced which was not in my birth plan, but I thought it was okay. From there, the start of my daughter's birth was okay, but by the end I was feeling vulnerable and torn down. No one was listening to my wishes and no one was there to stand up for me. I gave birth to my daughter in a way I never thought would happen. I struggled with my birth experience because it wasn't anything that I wanted... but at least I had a healthy baby, right? Wrong! I am beyond grateful for my healthy baby, but what about my emotional health?! I'm not telling you this so that you are scared of birth, but so you understand why and how I got here today. So from there, I looked for how I could help women achieve the birth they desired. 3 months after my daughter's birth I attended my doula training. I want to help women feel empowered and educated throughout their experiences. 

Photo from the birth of my son by Brezi Merryman. You’ll probably hear me talk about how my daughter got to catch her brother. Best moment of my life!

Photo from the birth of my son by Brezi Merryman. You’ll probably hear me talk about how my daughter got to catch her brother. Best moment of my life!

Photo from the birth of my son by Brezi Merryman

Photo from the birth of my son by Brezi Merryman