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Candace McCollett

I became a Childbirth Educator and Labor / Birth Doula for two main reasons. First, I wanted to empower women through the natural methods of childbirth. I remember the feelings of strength and control that I encountered when I had my two children at home in the presence of midwives and I wanted to pass this on to other expectant mothers. With my first pregnancy, I was alone and thinking of giving my baby up for adoption. Then one day, along comes the most incredible woman who ended up changing my life. She was a midwife who said she would take me on as a client for the fee of $50 (for supplies) in the hopes that a home birth would convince me to keep the baby. Well, her plan was a success and she has given me a gift I have yet to repay. Now I have a eleven-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son and the most wonderful husband in the world.

My second reason for becoming a Childbirth Educator and Labor / Birth Doula was because I want to eradicate some people’s misconceptions about pregnancy and the birthing process. A woman’s pregnant uterus should not be treated as a tumorous growth to be controlled by medicine, but rather a natural event that women have been participating for many years before doctors. In most cases birth can be accomplished without intervention, such as drugs and surgery. The need for patience must be practiced in the presence of a laboring woman. I believe that each labor and birth is a unique and miraculous experience. I also believe that there is more than one good way to have a baby and that all educated decisions and choices should be made freely by moms and their partners.

Profile Summary:
Labor / Birth Doula Colorado Springs, CO
Independent Childbirth Educator Colorado Springs, CO
Homebirth Midwife Assistant Colorado Springs, CO
More About Me
pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, parenting, breastfeeding, hiking, mountain biking, camping, running the dog, arts and crafts, reading
Work Experience:
My background includes my love for natural medicine, a B.A. in Biology, a Childbirth Education certification through the Birth Connection, Labor / Birth Doula certifiction through CAPPA, Neonatal Resuscitation certification through NRP, CPR & First Aid certification, and my experience working with Dr. Robert Wolfson, a perinatolotgist. My first opportunity to educate and coach labor and delivery was with a 16-year-old couple, which made an impression on me that will last a lifetime. The mother was so young and so scared the first time we met but she came through in the end feeling confident and empowered. I currently shadow a homebirth midwife as her assistant and I am looking forward to becoming a midwife myself someday, when my own two children are older.
College graduate and various continuing education credits.
Organizations / Affilations:
Candace McCollett is located in Colorado Springs, CO and has the following skills: Labor / Birth Doula, Independent Childbirth Educator, Homebirth Midwife Assistant
Education, Services, Health / Fitness
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My Skills

Labor / Birth Doula

Category: Services
-2-3 prenatal visits to get acquainted and prepare for your birth.
-We will discuss your preferences for labor support, pain control and interventions.
-I will assist you in researching and writing a birth plan.
-Hand-outs covering labor and birth positions, breastfeeding information, and postpartum care for mom and baby.
-Professional referrals and resources will be available to you at any time.
-Access to my lending library (books, videos, tapes).
-Emotional, physical and informational support during labor , birth and postpartum.
-Use of my labor support tools such as hot/cold rice packs, birth ball, aromatherapy oils, massage oils, music, my caring hands, my reassuring voice.
-Help initiating breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.
-1-2 postpartum visits to discuss your birth experience and any concerns you have for your baby.
-Monthly telephone and e-mail contact for one year after delivery.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Certified Labor Doula (CLD) through CAPPA
Years Experience: 5

Independent Childbirth Educator

Category: Education
I teach childbirth education classes that pull from many great resources such as Dr. Robert Bradley, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, author Sheila Kitzinger and midwife Ina May Gaskin. We focus on breathing techniques and many different comfort techniques that I have learned from my experience attending births as a doula and a midwife assistant, both in the hospital setting and the home setting.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Certified Childbirth Educator (CBE) through the Birth Connection
Years Experience: 4

Homebirth Midwife Assistant

Category: Health / Fitness
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 3