Although I am the original Happy Mama here at Happy Mama Wellness, it was a long road to get here.
My personal journey brought a year of infertility appointments, a failed IUI and an ectopic pregnancy before we were BLESSED with our beautiful baby girl. Working so hard to become a family somehow made me feel even more guilty on the days that I was just plain tired. It wasn't until I got perspective and gave myself permission to be HONEST that I became a Happy Mama.
My professional journey brought me from a 10-year career as a marine animal trainer (my dream job!) to being a passionate Happy Mama Mentor...and I couldn't be more excited.
My Professional Journey
CCCE - 2016 to Present - Certified Childbirth Educator with the Childbirth and Post-Partum Professionals Association (CAPPA). My primary area of expertise is Childbirth Education. After my daughter was born in 2013, I left my career as a Marine Mammal Trainer to be a stay-at-home Mama. Like most families, one income was not going to cut it, so I went searching for a new career. One I could do with my daughter at home, BUT one that I was equally as passionate about. And so, Happy Mama Wellness was born.
CLC - 2016 to Present - Certified Lactation Counselor with the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is natural, yes...but easy...NO WAY! There are so many potential challenges and many Mamas don't know that simple actions could change everything for them. I knew my daughter might be our only biological child so I cherished our breastfeeding journey. After weaning my daughter at the age of 33 months I knew I wanted to help other Mamas have an incredible journey of their own - for however long that might be!
MSH - 2015 to Present - Certified Instructor with (TM) My Smart HandsAfter using Baby Sign Language (which is just teaching American Sign Language or ASL signs to your infant...not actually its own language!) with my daughter starting at 3 months of age, I had to add this skill to my resume. After experiencing the LIFE CHANGING benefits of teaching your infant ASL signs, my passion for sharing this parenting technique with other families was quickly ignited!
AAHCC - 2014-2018 - Certified Instructor with (TM) The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. Although I no longer teach these classes due to geographical limitations, the message of trusting your body and feeling safe and supported during labor and birth is still at the CORE of everything I do. If you would like to take this course, please go here to find an instructor in your area.