Beth Singleton has lived in Muskegon her entire life. She is the proud mom of four awesome kids (three born in the hospital, one at home) and has been married to her husband for over 15 years. They share their home with their dog, Gizmo, and three cats. As a family, they love going for walks in nature, going to the beach, or just hanging out at home.
She worked as a floral designer for over 13 years. She is also a poet and has two self-published poetry books. In 2014 when pregnant with her fourth child, she finally decided to pursue her passion for childbirth and pregnancy by attending a DONA training workshop. Since then, she’s made a lot of changes in her life so that she could better pursue her dream of being a birth doula. In addition to providing this important service to women and their families, she also offers birth photography services. One of her other passions in life is photography and capturing images since she took photography class in high school. She is also a blogger who gets to stay home most of the time to care for her toddler and assist her oldest child with his education. She feels very blessed to be where she is in life right now.
I have always had a passion for pregnancy and birth and am very grateful to the women in my life that have allowed me to be present during the birth of their children. What I’ve witnessed while watching other women labor and experienced during my own is that having support is vital to a positive birth experience yet, it is something so many women do not have. Giving birth is one of the most challenging and life changing experiences a woman can go through and how she experiences it can have a lasting effect on how she feels about herself, her baby, and the bonding experience. I know the importance of achieving the desired labor and birth and it is my hope to provide women with the information and support needed to do this. There is no crystal ball that can predict how labor will go. That is why I think it is so important for a woman to have support.
I view birth as something sacred and a laboring woman as someone to be respected and held in the highest regard. There is a transformation that takes place whether a woman is having her first baby or her last and I consider my being allowed to bear witness and provide support during that transformation an honor. I also believe that a doula’s support is meant to complement and enhance the care that is already being provided by those who are giving clinical support and by loved ones who are also present to help. In birth (as in most of life), there are no do-overs. That is why I feel it is imperative that a woman who will be giving birth is surrounded by people who understand and are sensitive to the significance of the moment.
I am very thankful to the women and families that I have been able to serve. So far in life, I haven’t found anything more gratifying.