Hello! Welcome to Intuitive Momma! My name is Megan Edgington and I am a DONA & HypnoBirthing Certified Birth Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, trained in many modalities around birth support like myofascial unwinding for birth and Spinning Babies. I am also a Certified Placenta Specialist. Originally from Wisconsin and naturally, an avid beer lover, I have a passion for all things foodie and enjoy spending time in my kitchen creating delicious meals (and treats) for family and friends. I love finding new-to-me ways to care for myself and family through natural means and believe that a healthy lifestyle is so important to overall health and wellness. I am also a mother to one very active eight year old. It was her birth that brought me into this amazing world of pregnancy, birth and babies.
In preparation... I attended a Bradley Method Childbirth series. My mind was blown as I learned more about this journey than I ever could imagine. Upon learning about the role of a doula, and the immense benefits they bring, I decided to ask a friend who was beginning her doula journey to support me and my partner. I still cannot thank her enough for walking along side of us as I birthed my sweet baby.
As I spent my baby moon at home snuggling my little one, I began to consider the ways I could help to support my family while being present at home. I wondered if the birthing world was where my gifts of patience and care and fierce advocacy could be of use. Supporting families and children of all ages was already something I was well seasoned in since my youth as a babysitter, nanny and big sister. Having uncovered my interests around reproductive health, wellness, and nutrition at a young age and now I wanted to gobble up everything I could learn about birth and the first year, I felt drawn to learn more about the doula world.
January 2014, I attended a training through DONA international and haven't looked back! Since then I have become a Blooma Certified Placenta Preparer, Certified HypnoBirthing Birth Attendant, trained in Spinning Babies from the amazing Gail Tully, and have attended a Birthing From Within workshop; and have been teaching Holistic Childbirth Education to families for the last couple years. It is truly a joy to spend time with couples as they are empowering themselves and preparing for their little ones to arrive.
In 2014, I spent over a year supporting families birth as a volunteer for the Twin Cities Doula Project. In addition to all these things, I have been an active & associate member of The Childbirth Collective, a local non-profit organization here in the Twin Cities that hosts donation-based parent topic nights twice a week and a whole slew of other events throughout the year. The Collective is also a huge part of my support system, both professionally and personally. What with being a group of amazing doulas and other birthing professionals... I would love to tell you more about any and all of these organizations but we can save that for when we meet!
Throughout my journey, I have learned so much from the trainings I have attended, but nothing compares to the experience of being a witness to the birth of new parents and babies. I am in awe each time a baby emerges into this world, be it vaginally or via cesarean, the changes are overwhelming. Birthing people have taught me the importance of patience and love, in birth and in life. I believe that each person has their own innate knowledge of how to birth their baby and given the time, space, and loving support, they can do so without interventions, or at least very few. Of course, there are exceptions to this because sometimes baby has other plans. But by helping families to remain open and calm throughout whatever their birth throws at them, they can make informed, thoughtful decisions and keep their birth space a calm, loving, safe place to transform.
The unknowns of birth is one of the greatest reasons the support of a doula is so immensely important for families, no matter if they've been through this before or they are brand new to the experience. I enjoy working with all types of families in discovering what their vision is for their birth and helping them find the resources they need to make this transition as smooth as life will allow it.
Blessings to you on your journey!