Background

Mother of 2 life-schooling boys. Birthkeeper. Future IBCLC. Introverted homebody. Neurodivergent. Aerialist. Reading, writing, not so much the arithmetic. A little witchy. Vegan for the animals.

Cancer Sun | Libra Moon | Pisces Rising

Hi, I’m Holly – a holistic birth worker in Houston, Texas.

I’m a quiet-natured and contemplative soul who serves as a messenger of information and ideas, holds space for others as they discover their magic, and rebels against the disharmonious status quo. I’ve been called to nurture connections. Protect boundaries. Fearlessly question. To care for those who are hurting, and to celebrate the triumph of the underdog. All with a sensitive touch, an open mind, and a dash of salty humor.

My childhood was spent moving from place to place, drawing and daydreaming about animals. My higher education background is in journalism, though fate would have me deviating from that path when I became a mother and learned all about the world of communicating beyond words. Storytelling is still my past, present, and future as I’ve navigated through the threshold of motherhood into a space of feminine healing, expression, and power.

Click here to read about my personal birth experiences, what led me to birth work, and why I’m passionate about working in the birth field today.

Philosophy

I believe…

Natural, unmedicated birth is achievable for most, but there are valid circumstances in which medical assistance is warranted for the healthiest outcome for babies and those who birth them.

How parents prepare for birth makes a measurable difference… as does the manner in which they are treated in birth.

If people don’t make their own birth choices, others will make the choices for them.

Pain and intensity has informative and spiritual purpose in birth; to avoid most trauma, what we can work to avoid is suffering.

As sovereign beings, our inner authority is our highest power.

A birthing person is a whole human who deserves to be cared for as such, not as a collection of parts.

Childbirth is often a peak landmark in the emotional, sexual, and psychological realms of a person’s life.

Pregnancy doesn’t end with birth; we can’t neglect the Fourth Trimester.

Genital autonomy, reproductive freedom, and medical privacy should be baseline birthrights for every person.

The experience of womanhood is incredibly nuanced, varied, and multidimensional. However your connection to the sacred feminine looks, it is valid and welcome.

Certifications

Bachelor’s Degree – Journalism/Communications, University of Houston
(2007-2011)

Birth Boot Camp Instructor Certified
(2019-present)

Birth Boot Camp Doula Certified
(2019-present)

Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula Certified
(2020-present)

Placenta Specialist – Sage Beginnings
(2020-present)

Birth Art Mentor Certified – Birthing From Within (2022-present)

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Certified
(Up-to-date)

CPR Certified – American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc.
(Up-to-date)

Texas Food Handlers Certified
(Up-to-date)

Workshops + Trainings

(partial list)

  • La Leche League of Texas Area Conference (with Dr. Jack Newman), 2014
  • Birth Without Fear Conference, 2014
  • Association of Texas Midwives Conference, 2015
  • La Leche League Area Conference, 2016
  • “Pleasurable Birth: Rediscovering the Sexuality of Reproduction” with Anna Caffery, 2016
  • Birth Boot Camp Doula & Instructor training, Feb. 2019
  • “The Amazing Placenta” Anatomy & Physiology workshop with Cole Deelah, 2019
  • LLL of Texas Seminar: “Infant Feeding in Emergencies” & “Breastfeeding and Diversity,” 2019
  • Traditional Postpartum Practitioner Training Workshop with Valerie Lynn (“The Mommy Plan”), 2019
  • Spinning Babies 2-Day Workshop with Rachel Shapiro, 2019
  • Massage in Labor Workshop by Susan Young, CD, PCD, LMT, 2020
  • “Trauma-Informed Birth & Postpartum Support” workshop with BIRTH360, 2020
  • “Doulas at a Distance,” Penny Simkin, 2020
  • Virtual Doula Course by Doula Moula, 2020
  • “Healthy All Year” course by Aviva Romm MD, Healthiest Kids University, 2020
  • La Leche League of Texas Area Conference, 2020
  • The Birth Warrior Project, 120-day doula training by Indie Birth, 2020
  • When Survivors Give Birth – Intro & Advanced Counseling at Simkin Center, Bastyr University, 2021
  • Breastfeeding First Responders Training by Leah Jolly, IBCLC, 2021
  • Birth Boot Camp Retreat, 2022
  • Birth Art Process 4-week course by Birthing From Within, 2022

Events

(partial list)

Educational table host at:

  • BIRTH Fair, 2014-19
  • Association of Texas Midwives Conference, 2015
  • Peaceful Parenting booth, Babies R Us, 2015
  • Big Latch On, 2015 & 2016
  • Great Cloth Diaper Change, 2016 & 2018
  • Human Rights Day Festival, 2016-19

Roles

Breastfeeding blog author, MamasMilkNoChaser.com
(Est. 2014)

Director, Intact Houston, Intact Texas & Intact Vegan Network
(Est. 2014)

Board of Directors, Saving Our Sons/The Intact Network
(2016-2017)

Board of Directors, Saving Our Sons/The Intact Network
(2016-2017)

Appearances

  • Featured on Abdominal Connections DVD (diastasis recti postnatal treatment), 2014
  • Guest on Whole Mother Radio Show — 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Guest on Parent With Purpose Radio Show, 2018
  • Featured speaker at Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood Summit, 2021
  • Speaker at Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood Summit, 2022

Awards + Recognitions

Top 75 Lactation Blog [Top 20], 2017-21

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