Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Consultant
Megan is the mother of 2 and is happily married to James. James has been in the Ripon area for 10 years faithfully serving the community at a local business. Megan’s first birth was an un-planned c-section and her second birth was a HVBAC (Homebirth Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Megan’s passion ultimately lies with breastfeeding. She has breastfed both of her children and is dedicated to helping other mothers do the same! Her desire to help stems from the experience she had with a severe tongue tie that went undiagnosed in her daughter. Through the fight to get care and action from providers, it led her to where she is now, a lactation counselor. She recently expanded her service as a birth doula with training from Well-Rounded Maternity Center.
“What I want for every mother is to feel empowered and content with all of her decisions. I know what it felt like when I had my first and I didn’t feel like I had any say in my birth. You have a voice and it is my passion to help you find it and use it.”
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Student Midwife
Kristin is the mother of 8 children. All 8 were born at home under midwifery care. She is married to Timothy who founded The James House Ministry (127james.com), is a Pastor at South Shore Church, a Chaplain at the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department, and a local Ripon Firefighter. Holistic health and supporting women in their calling of motherhood is her passion. Currently, she serves women and their families as a birth and postpartum doula, and encapsulates placentas. She is also a student midwife assisting Pamela Rhodes at Guardian Midwifery Services (guardianmidwifery.com).
"15 years ago I attended my first birth, my nephew, and was changed by what I saw. I began to research birth, and birth options, and became convinced of the midwifery model of care which led to me birthing all 8 of my children at home under the care of a midwife. Doula work came so naturally, it's what I became to every woman I met that was pregnant. It's how I longed to help them achieve the birth they wanted and find the power God designed them with to birth a baby and themselves as a new mother."
In April of 2017 she traveled to "The Farm" (think: Ina May Gaskin), in Tennessee, to attend their Midwife Assistant Course, shortly after in June of that year she attended her first birth as a midwifery student. Currently, she holds a Temporary Permit in the state of Wisconsin and is assisting at births until she is licensed as a midwife. Since 2017 she has attended close to 30 births.
"Placenta Encapsulation is a new venture for me, many women are interested in this and it led me to find a course to train in at Brilliant Birth Academy. This service and postpartum support are my connection to helping the newborn mothers out there, the mothers who have no support network, or the mothers who want that extra loving care."