My name is Toni Auker. I excited this amazing new chapter in life. I have always been interested in issues involving women and families. In 2004 I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. It wasn’t until the birth of my first child in 2011 that decided what I want to do with my life.
I had a wonderful birth experience. Although it was not completely free of medical interventions, I was able to stick to my birth plan and deliver my son free of drugs. My husband as amazing, but I couldn’t have done it without the loving support of my mother. Without her physical and and emotional support my experience would have been much different.
The birth of my second son was very different from first. He was born are home with loving support of two wonderful midwives and doula. The experience was amazing. I especially loved being able to recover in comfort of own home without their many interruptions of hospital staff. Although I know that homebirth is not for everyone, I could not be happier with my experience.
Before my oldest was born I had read, about doulas, but afterwards I began seem their real worth. Having someone to provide continuous care is absolutely essential having positive birth experience. It is even better that person is trained in labor positions, relaxation techniques, and breastfeeding.
I did training, at The Center for Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor, MI in 2011. This year I took classes with the Canadian Babywearing School to teach babywearing and leading the Canton Babywearers in weekly meetings. Also recently completed training to teach childbirth classes are Center for Childbearing Year. I look forward taking further classes, but also learn so much from every person I meet and especially from births blessed to attend.
As of October 2015, I have joined Tree Town Doulas. By being part, of wonderful group of doulas, I now have resources and reliable backup that lacking before. I really excited, to join this group or diverses, and experienced women.