My name is Toni Auker. I am so excited about this amazing new chapter in my 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 I 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 any drugs. My husband was 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 the first. He was born at home with the loving support of two wonderful midwives and a doula. The experience was amazing. I especially loved being able to recover in the comfort of my own home without the 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 to see their real worth. Having someone there to provide continuous care is absolutely essential to having a positive birth experience. It is even better when that person is trained in labor positions, relaxation techniques, and breastfeeding.
I did my training at The Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor, MI in 2011. This year I took classes with the Canadian Babywearing School to teach babywearing and I am leading the Canton Babywearers in weekly meetings. I have also recently completed training to teach childbirth classes at the Center for the Childbearing Year. I look forward to taking further classes, but I also learn so much from every person I meet and especially from the births I am blessed to attend.
As of October 2015, I have joined Tree Town Doulas. By being a part of this wonderful group of doulas, I now have resources and reliable backup that were lacking before. I am really excited to join this group or diverse and experienced women.