Rhonda began her journey in the birth world in August 2004 when she attended a DONA International birth doula training. She became a certified birth doula in 2006. With more than 10 years of experience, she has become an asset to the birthing community. She has had the privilege of attending nearly 200 births as a doula and a midwife’s assistant in greater Grand Forks and the surrounding areas.
She is passionate about helping women find their inner strength, intuition and voice through their birthing experience. Rhonda uses her training and experience to meet the needs of women before, during, and just after childbirth. She also helps to educate women and their partners on the birth process and the choices they have to help them have the birth experience they are hoping for.
It is important to Rhonda that partners understand the importance of their role. She supports and guides the partner during the birth process, helping to make the birth enjoyable and rewarding for both new parents.
There is a sense of vulnerability that goes along with childbirth, but Rhonda’s passion for birth is fueled when she sees this vulnerability turn to strength and empowerment in women and families. Rhonda is driven to help create a positive birth experience for all women, regardless of their circumstances or any unexpected outcomes. She looks forward to each opportunity she is given to support, nurture and encourage mothers and their partners during one of life’s most amazing moments.
In addition to serving families through doula work, Rhonda has recently begun her education and training to become a midwife through Mercy In Action and is apprenticing with a Certified Professional Midwife in Fargo. Her hope is to complete her training and take the NARM exam before the year 2020. Rhonda also continues to learn from other doulas, other health professionals, birth-related courses and from each of her clients. Over the years she has completed courses in lactation counseling, TENS use, neonatal resuscitation, and more.
Rhonda lives in a peaceful country setting just outside of East Grand Forks, Minnesota with her husband, Steve; their two (of eight) children who still remain at home, a yellow Lab, three horses, two cats and several free-range chickens.