I live in New Boston and I trained as a doula in summer 2015 after I retired from a career teaching gifted and talented students. It has been a dream for me to be present to birthing mothers ever since I gave birth to my second daughter at home. I was invited to be at all four of my grandchildren's births and have since become certified as a doula. I am studying presently to become an interfaith minister and am also a writer of children's literature. Birth is a powerful journey and one of life's peak experiences. It is a great privilege for me to support a woman and her partner through birth. I believe my strengths are a calm supportive presence and a belief in the difference the loving support of another woman can make for both parents during birth.