Amanda, Kristy, Susanah
Amanda Karlie, Apprentice
Lauryn Wilson, MCD, Certified Labor Doula & Midwife Assistant, Placenta Encapsulator
Lauryn is a certified labor doula who has professionally attended more than twenty births in her first two years. She was also present for six of her siblings' births, and was fourteen when she was first a doula for her mother.
She attended a Helping Babies Breathe workshop in 2020 and received her doula certification (MCD) from Madriella Doula Network in 2021. Lauryn has attended both hospital and home births and served as a labor doula, childcare doula and midwife's assistant. She holds current certifications in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Certification through the American Academy of Pediatrics (2021).
She is a 2021 high school graduate and looks forward to continuing to serve clients through her college years. Lauryn was born in Florida and moved around quite a bit during her younger years before settling with her family in their home state of Pennsylvania. She has three brothers, two of whom are older than her, and five younger sisters. Lauryn enjoys knitting, watching movies, writing novels, listening to music, and reading books, especially dystopian and mysteries. She loves Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, Suzanne Collins, Catherine Coulter, and Veronica Roth.
Brittany Stewart, Midwife Assistant
Ever since attending the birth of her brother at the age of 14, Brittany has been interested in birth and midwifery. Not knowing where to begin for a long time, she filled the years traveling, tutoring and working in the restaurant industry. With the 2020 blow to the service industry and the honor of attending the birth of a close friend in that same year, her passion to support women and babies was rekindled. Brittany's organizational skills and approachable personality make her a welcome addition to our team.
Brittany is a compassionate doula and midwife's assistant with current certifications in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation through the American Academy of Pediatrics (2021).
Susanah Smith, Apprentice, DEM
Susanah began her journey into midwifery in 2012 after the difficult birth of her fifth child. She started as labor support to the families of her small town in Costa Rica. In 2014, after returning to the United States, she gave birth to her sixth child and then began attending births again, part-time. Since 2016 she has served as a full-time Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor, and Childbirth and Breastfeeding educator in the South Central Pennsylvania region. Susanah has spent her time supporting her clients in their birth and life choices while doing independent studies towards her goal of becoming a practicing midwife. In Spring 2019 she began her midwifery apprenticeship and is now working towards certification as a midwife. In her free time she enjoys gardening and hiking with her kids, husband, and dog; attending her community yoga program, and making a mess in her kitchen. Susanah completed her apprenticeship with me in Summer 2021 but remains in the South Central PA/York area and accepts homebirth clients and serves as a back-up midwife and associate/referral.