I am slightly obsessed with where people are from so I’ll lead off with that - I am a native of Santa Fe, NM, and prior to Rapid City (since 2015), I’ve lived in Indiana, California, Utah, and Texas. We love living in the Black Hills!
I have been married to the love of my life since New Year's Eve, 1994. We have four children with four very different birth experiences.
MY BIRTH EXPERIENCES:
Very briefly, I was scared to death when I had my first baby and opted for the epidural almost at the first contraction. I experienced that cascade of intervention we discuss in class and was minutes from a cesarean section. I narrowly escaped a surgical birth because I had a doula. True story.
I had an amazing unmedicated birth in a hospital with a Certified Nurse-Midwife with my second baby. Immediately after that birth, I exclaimed, "I can't wait to do that again!"
With our 3rd baby, we discovered at 33 weeks we wouldn't be allowed to videotape the birth. We scrambled and hired a homebirth midwife who specialized in water birth (it was 2001), so that's what we did! I didn't prepare for that birth like I had with my second, and it was pretty rough, to say the least.
Our fourth was also born at home, but was a land birth. It was Easter Sunday and was the sweetest experience. Our other three children were present, and everyone was in love with this little girl from her very first breath.
My degree is in Broadcasting, but I’ve been a Childbirth Educator a good portion of my adult life. They say if you are passionate about what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I can testify that is true - I love my job! I’ve taught hundreds of couples over the years, both live and online.
I founded a chapter of Birth Network National in the Fort Worth area with a couple of other birth professionals, and we grew it to be the largest chapter of Birth Network National in the country. I also served on the Birth Network National Board for one year. I currently serve on the Black Hills Birth Network Board with several other passionate women.
After teaching childbirth education for nearly a decade, I founded Birth Boot Camp in 2012. We span North America and continue to grow.
In addition to all that, I was one of the first “birth bloggers” writing Banned From Baby Showers since 2008.
I love US geography and weather. As a result, I will always want to know where YOU are from, and I can give you the weekly forecast, pretty much, at any given moment.
I’ve seen Tim McGraw in concert 18 times and have been a proud member of the fan club since 1999. With a degree in broadcasting, the first job I landed out of college was as a DJ for a country station in Muleshoe, TX. You can’t make this stuff up!
I love to snow ski, and even at nearly 48, it’s my favorite thing to do in the winter. While I loved Texas, I am thrilled to have snow and hill to ski! I'm at Terry Peak just about every week. See you on the slopes!
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING CHILDBIRTH CLASSES:
In nearly 16 years of teaching, I love witnessing people (often, dads) have those light bulb moments in class. They take the information gathered, communicate with their partner and care provider, make informed decisions, and, regardless of how their birth plays out, are empowered by the experience.
DON'T JUST HOPE FOR AN AMAZING BIRTH, PREPARE FOR ONE. I CAN HELP.
To reach me, email or text is best. I look forward to connecting.
This blog is written by Mallory and Donna - at Black Hills Birth Boot Camp. Expect birthy topics, parenting triumphs and trials, and community resources and interviews. Have a topic idea you’d like us to address? Drop us a note!