Birth Doula | RN
Susan trained as a doula through DONA in 2011 and is also currently a Labor & Delivery Nurse at Mission Hospital. She is the wife of a former Asheville Firefighter and proud mother to their seven children.
How did you decide to become a doula?
When my husband and I were first married, I worked as an RN full time. As our family grew and I put my nursing career on hold to focus on our growing family. I've personally had widely varied birth experiences, including 2 miscarriages, 2 c-sections, 1 medically-managed birth with an epidural, and 4 unmedicated births supported by midwives (some induced, some not). After the birth of my 5th child, I trained as a doula to be able to offer by support to other women and families in these most vulnerable and powerful moments of life.
What's your favorite way to spend a day off?
I love hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and tent camping with my family. I also like naps :)
If you could take a month long trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I studied abroad in college and would love to go back to all of my favorite places with my husband someday. Exploring the small towns of Austria, ice climbing in Switzerland, and hiking along the coast of Italy will be on the itinerary, for sure.
You have a whole weekend to binge watch TV, what's on your list?
I don't watch much TV, but I did really enjoy a couple seasons of Fixer Upper on Netflix, and I watched every episode of the "I Shouldn't Be Alive" series about 5 years ago on Amazon. I'm generally fascinated with documentaries about natural disasters and stories of survival.
Tell us something about yourself that we may be surprised to learn.
I was an alto in an African American chorale ensemble at the University of Georgia. I used to be a backpacking guide in Medicine Bow, WY. I've completed three triathlons. One was in college, and two were last year (20 years after the first!)
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