Serving. Empowering. Documenting.
Birth Photographer, Birth Doula and
My name is Faye
and I serve families in Phoenix, Arizona and the
I have been a DONA (Doulas of North America) Certified Birth Doula as well as a Birth Photographer and Placenta Crafter for the last 4 years. Little did I know that I would find my passion in birth work at the ripe old age of 53! I always say that I wish I would have become a doula many years ago but I also realize that each of us have a path we have taken to arrive where we are today and my experiences have definitely brought me to this fun-filled, rewarding life I am living.
I'm so blessed to have been married to my husband Ron for the last 20 years. Our blended family consists of 3 daughters and 1 son who are all grown and married. We are fortunate to have 10 grandchildren (9 of which are rambunctious little boys) who call us Nana and Papa and who add so much joy to our lives.
After the birth of my first baby, I recognized I had been lucky to have a vaginal birth and it was probably due to the fact that my labor was very fast. Once I was dilated to 10cm and it was time to push, my baby's heart rate kept going very low. I was scared and my OB didn't help. Instead he yelled at me to "be quiet and use that energy to push instead of scream". He told me that my baby was in distress and I would need to push her out without using the help of contractions. That meant I had to push even when I wasn't having contractions. When she came out my baby had her cord wrapped around her neck twice (which I now know is very common and usually doesn't present a problem) and she had meconium which meant she had pooped while still inside of me. She ended up being extremely healthy and not needing any assistance but I felt traumatized by the whole experience. I felt out of control and like I had very little say in what happened to me or my baby. I think we all want out babies to come into the world surrounded by love and not fear.
I believe my first birth experience is why I am now passionate about empowering my clients so they know they have options and do not have to settle. I want them to make informed decisions about their care and feel supported in those choices.
I didn't fall in love with photography until after I became a doula but it's safe to say that it brings me so much happiness and fulfillment. It has been so fun learning to capture the true rawness and beauty of birth in a way that brings a lifetime of memories for my clients.
It's not always easy to live the "on call" life but I am so honored that I am invited to witness the miracle of birth and the strength and courage of my clients. It is my desire to serve and empower women and help them have confidence in their birth journey.