"Having a child can be nerve-racking. I am the the type of mother that naturally worries about birthing a healthy child. When Ronda became my doula I was fighting thyroid cancer. She guided me nutritionally which introduced me to a new lifestyle. I began to feel so alive and healthy that if it weren’t for my cancer diagnosis, I dare say it’s the healthiest I’ve ever been. Ronda is a gifted woman who loves to share her knowledge and encourage. The birth process was great. I often hear and have myself experienced births controlled by hospital staff, that have neglected the mother’s wishes, and have guided the mother and her newborn away from the natural process of birth. Ronda encouraged me to use my voice and reminded me that my birth was my experience and I should be able to have my needs met during delivery. Ronda was an incredible support and was with me and my husband at the hospital from my early stages of labor. She had amazing hands that she would use to rub my lower back as if she new exactly where my pain was, wait she probably did, which is why she was able to sooth the pain so I could successfully have Destinee naturally. I took my placenta home and Ronda encapsulated it for me. These amazing placenta pills gave me energy and helped me through the sleepless nights that we mothers are gifted with due to feeding our little ones. I highly recommend Ronda and the natural experience of birth. It is worth every effort, commitment and sacrifice that I had to make to have a healthy beautiful daughter."
"Our fourth baby, Lucas was born in 2016, in our home in Costa Rica. All our babies had been "home births" but none had been born in OUR home. We live in a rural area over two hours away from where most midwives practice. Living so far and having pretty quick births, we had to move to the city two weeks before my due date to insure my arrival for birth. We had always dreamed of being able to stay in our own home. Fortunately, Ronda agreed to come all the way to Costa Rica to be with us as we waited. Our three previous home births had all been different, perfect, and beautiful, but I still felt I had been disconnected from the process and dreamed of catching my own baby. My husband and I talked about this option with Ronda, who was excited about the idea. At ten days postdates I decided to use herbs to see if we could get things going. I love that everyone on my birth team waited patiently and never pressured me in anyway to make this decision. When labor was active, we called Ronda who was staying nearby. I barely noticed when Ronda arrived, she was so non-invasive. She assisted my husband and I to receive baby Lucas into this world 40 minutes later. It was the birth I had dreamed and prayed for! I had great postpartum recovery because of the care I received during his birth and in the days after. Ronda prepared our placenta and I found it very stabilizing. Ronda is very professional but also very nurturing making her a perfectly balanced midwife. She brings a sense of confident calm to the process of pregnancy, birth and postpartum and we feel so blessed she could be part of Lucas' birth story."
"Ronda is one of my favorite people in all the world and I am honored to call her friend. God placed her in my life as a college roommate that began a life-long bond. My daughter, Sofie, was born June 30,1984. Ronda patiently sat by my side from the beginning of labor to the moment Sofie entered the world. I feel honored that this was the first birth Ronda attended and through this momentous occasion she found her calling. She is a wealth of knowledge in so many areas of health and birth but also has over 30 years of experience to back it up. I trust Ronda with my life. You are in for a treat and have chosen well for your birth journey! It's guaranteed to be a memorable, life-changing event through which you will be blessed beyond measure!"
As a midwife, I seek to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence so that she may experience birth as an empowering process that can be drawn upon throughout her life. I do not “deliver” babies, rather assist and support women and their families to give birth. I believe that birth is a normal life process created by God that works best when allowed to unfold as naturally as possible, only intervening when a need arises. When I attended my first birth in 1984, I wept and was forever transformed by the power and overwhelming beauty of ushering in the miracle of new life. I have found deep joy in actively serving birthing families since. Ten years were spent specifically supporting pregnant minors, both those who chose to parent and those who chose to place their children for adoption. In the 1990’s, I was blessed to birth three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, at home with midwives. As birth changed the way I see myself as a woman and mother, and provided the catalyst to heal past wounds, I desire this for all women. I am licensed as a massage therapist and certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with I attended the (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited midwifery school, National Midwifery Institute. I feel honored to have received incredible training through wise and seasoned midwives, and continue my training with the greatest teachers of all: the birthing mamas, their partners and their babies. I have also studied under Dr. Aviva Romm and am a graduate of her Professional Training Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women. I seek optimal health in pregnancy, well-woman care, and future health by uncovering and holistically addressing root causes of symptoms that arise. Each one’s journey is unique, forever broadening my vision and understanding of the birth process. When not attending births, I enjoy family, friends, travel, long beach walks, massage, a good cup of tea, and dark chocolate!
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