Annette has had a keen interest in birth for many years and spent time working in Obstetrics as an RN. After moving across the country, raising 4 children, and re-entering the nursing world, it was time to return to her first love. She knew she wanted to be able to give more to laboring women than the traditional RN role normally does. She enjoys the connection and relationships between people and providing nurturing care is a calling which lends itself nicely to being a doula.
Annette was fortunate to have doulas with her last two births and had always looked at that profession as a goal for herself at some time in the future. Then, two years ago after having the honor of supporting her daughter-in-law in her first birth, the timing was perfect….the future was NOW!!
Annette is a Certified Labor Doula through ProDoula as well as having had personal experience with VBAC. She is looking forward to furthering her skills with VBAC training as that is very near and dear to her heart. Assisting women and their partners by providing the comfort, knowledge and support necessary to achieve the birth experience they desire is a great privilege and she is very grateful for this with each and every birth. She is excited to provide information, care, calm and reassurance to all laboring women so they achieve the feeling that this birth was designed for them, and it was just as it was supposed to be.
Annette resides in Grand Rapids with her husband and together they have a blended family of 7 grown children along with 5 grandchildren (and growing). Spending time with family is her greatest joy. When the whole “squad” gets together it is a guaranteed fun time. Along with being a Registered Nurse, Annette also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology with emphasis in Fitness/Wellness. The outdoors and all that it has to offer provides great family time as well as time for reflection and rejuvenation. A few of her favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, pickleball, WERQ fitness and traveling.