Marci has always loved babies. As a young girl, she was the one babysitting during church (and it got her out of the pew!) and she became a full-time nanny after high school. She began picking up books about birth, namely Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery in her early 20’s. Five years ago, she attended her first birth at the home of a friend. Afterwards, the midwife who attended pulled her aside and asked her to please become a doula, as she was meant for this work. She attended a DONA training in the fall of 2013, became a DONA-certified birth doula, and has been immersed in birth work ever since. Marci now offers Birth + Postpartum doula services, placenta encapsulation, belly binding and is currently enrolled in Aviva Romm‘s Herbalism for Women course. She is a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild (RH(AHG)) and hopes to begin seeing clients in her herbal practice summer of 2017. She and her husband, dog and two cats live on a urban homestead in Moscow, Idaho. Her husband is the purveyor and full-time farmer at Deep Roots Farm. Throughout the year, the farm hosts different educational events for the public in concert with Rural Roots and University of Idaho Extension. Marci also teaches as part of the Cultivating Success beginning farmer education in Idaho.
Laurel’s journey as a body literacy advocate and educator began over a decade ago, when she asked her doctor for alternatives to a hormonal birth control that she felt was giving her undesirable side effects. The doctor dismissed her concerns outright. Unconvinced by the exchange, Laurel went looking for other options, and found validation both in the shared experiences of other women and in absorbing scientific knowledge that gave her a deeper understanding of her body and its normal cycles. When she decided to have her first baby, this passion naturally gave way to a desire for an informed and aware pregnancy and birth experience. She was surprised to discover that she was still sometimes caught off-guard by providers offering a lack of informed consent/refusal or not knowing exactly what questions she should ask. When a friend asked Laurel to attend an upcoming birth, she decided to attend a DONA International birth doula training to prepare. There, she discovered a new passion for birthwork, and found the natural meeting place of woman-centric support with evidence-based best practices. She attended births as often as she could for friends, and after the birth of her second daughter was (finally!) able to step away from her office job and pursue birthwork full-time. Laurel is a DONA-certified birth doula and is excited to offer full-spectrum education and doula services through Palouse Women’s Wellness. She lives on a few acres outside of Troy with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets and farm animals. She also serves as a horizontal construction engineer with the Idaho Army National Guard, where she finds her Zen operating a HMEE.