Beth opened Believe In Birth in 2001, a year after the birth of her first child. At first, she became a Certified Childbirth Educator, through BirthWorks, and an accredited La Leche League Leader. In 2002, Beth expanded her birth knowledge by assisting women as a doula, and was trained by ALACE and certified by Doulas of North America (DONA).
Next, Beth completed Art of Midwifery classes in Media, Pennsylvania and went on to apprentice for two and a half years with the well loved and well known Midwifery Traditions practice. This was the key requirement of her training through the North American Registry of Midwives’ Portfolio Evaluation Program and she earned her Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential in 2008.
Today, although she is no longer “babycatching”, She loves to be the Mid-Atlantic Doula Trainer and mentor for Birth Arts International (BAI) and holds trainings in Philadelphia. Beth has trained women from all over the country and up and down the east coast for over a decade, and offers private doula trainings for those who wish them as well.
In addition to birth work, Beth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) in Pennsylvania. She has worked with children with autism and behavior concerns for most of her career in mental health. Currently, she works supporting adults with chronic mental illness and addiction and recovery issues via the Department of Behavioral Health in Philly.
Beth lives with her husband and best friend Ryan, and her three growing children in South Philadelphia. Beth has been getting on her yoga mat since 1995, was trained as a Pilates mat teacher by Body Evolution in 2002, and is obsessed with the work of Katy Bowman and the nutritious movement program. She has a daily meditation practice, loves reading dharma, science and political writings, and is part of many organizations supporting social justice.
Beth has published many articles on birth and parenting in Midwifery Today, Natural Life, Life Learning, The Mother, Natural Child, Hot Mom’s Club, and was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-01/news/31270671_1_doula-cesarean-rate-c-section.