Brittany McQueer, BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me; I am so happy you're here! You are exactly where you need to be at this very moment. Understand that every decision you have ever made has led you here and for this very reason I am grateful and so excited for you.
When we meet for the first time, my top priority will be to learn about your individual needs, and how you envision your birth and postpartum experience. Together, I hope to answer any questions you have with evidence based information, calm any fears or anxieties you have by teaching you relaxation strategies, and provide you support - whatever that may look like - when you are most vulnerable.
I chose to become a doula with the hope to help families find empowerment through support and encouragement on this courageous and beautiful journey.
As your doula, the most rewarding aspect of our partnership will be to witness your strength and personal growth in your special and unique experience. You have made the right decision to add a doula to your support system. I look forward to our time together. Thank you and blessings to you and your family.
Many women believe that there is one story to be told when it comes to pregnancy, but, in truth, each and every birth and postpartum period is unique.
Background & Training
I have been doing postpartum doula work since I was in high school - I just didn't know that's what it was called! I have always had a passion for newborns, mothers, and families. I am the oldest of eight grandchildren that all were born, raised, and still live within a 20 minute drive in Southeastern Michigan. My role in our family has always been as a babysitter/caregiver. As a young person my brother and cousins were "my" babies. Throughout my high school and college years, I worked as a "newborn nanny" for a diverse set of families including those with multiples and those who had adopted. In addition, my two best friends both became pregnant soon after high school graduation. I studied up, attended prenatal courses with them, and acted as a "birth and postpartum coach" for them both at the age of 19. I quickly became the go-to for pregnancy, birth, and baby support for friends and family.
My first degree is in high school Science Education, primarily Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduation from Eastern Michigan University, I moved to southern Arizona to start my first teaching job. There I was challenged with many tough situations - most influential was the number of young mothers I taught whom had very little support simply due to poverty, illegal immigrant status, and Native American oppression. I wanted to make a difference in these young families' lives, but knew I couldn't do it well while teaching full time. After 5 years working there, I had this incomplete feeling in my gut and the same passion for families of newborns.
I didn't understand how important my "newborn nanny" and "birth coach" experiences were until I realized that I had held a baby every day of my life before starting my career and had not held one since starting. I decided to move home, take DONA doula training, and attend graduate school at the University of Michigan for Public Health focused on Global Maternal Child Health. I am currently in this program and have finished two internships. The first was with an amazing lactation simulator development company (wearable lifecast breasts model used to teach residents how to assist mamas with breast feeding...so cool!) where I was provided an in-depth lactation and breast biology education (that most nurses and lactation consultants don't even receive.) The second internship was working as a pregnancy consultant in the only clinic that serves uninsured refugees in Tel Aviv, Israel. There I was able to evaluate the pregnant population, develop and teach a prenatal health curriculum for the mamas, and set up a sustainable infrastructure for future courses.
These experiences have strengthened my passion and widened my knowledge and skill base as a doula. I am renewed in enthusiasm and eager to continue on this beautiful journey.
Let’s talk about ways I can support you!
On working with Stephanie and Brittany:
“I can’t say enough how extremely satisfied I am with Stephanie and her team. I knew ahead of time that having my third child would be challenging for me (especially since I have very little family in the area), but I didn’t know how much until my son arrived. I needed their assistance and they surpassed my expectations. They truly cared for me and about me and for that I am so grateful. I would recommend their postpartum doula services for any mom (new or experienced) who could use the help to adjust and find her stride after having baby.”