Trisha Blizzard, Dip CBEd, CLD (CBI)

Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Labor Doula, Bengkung Belly Binding Specialist, Birth Assistant
Happiest Baby Educator
, TENS in Labor Trainer, Breastfeeding Counselor, and Doula Mentor

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First and foremost, I am a wife to my husband, Ron.  We have been married 24 years, and we have 6 children, two dogs and one green anole.

For as long as I can remember, I have been in awe over the miracle of birth. I was always interested in anything medical, but I knew early on that if I was going to "be" something when I grew up, it was going to involve babies or birth. At first I wanted to become a doctor, than I decided to become a nurse. My goal was to work in labor and delivery or perhaps in a neonatal intensive care unit.

In 1991, a year after my high school graduation, I became a Certified Nurses Assistant.  I spent the next 5 years working with the elderly in nursing homes, retirement centers, and with in home health and hospice.   In 1994, I enrolled in the nursing program at my local college to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN- or in some parts of the country, LVN). 9 months before my graduation, I became pregnant and needed to quit school. (I was at high risk for preterm labor, and with those symptoms already starting to show again, we knew that I would not carry to term with the long hours of school and clinical work ahead). I became a happy stay at home, and that is still my JOB.

In 1998, while walking in the mall, I discovered the word “doula”.  Two women were handing out flyers for a doula training.  I knew in an instant, that a doula, I would be. I had actually been a doula more than once, before I knew what they were! It wouldn’t be until about 4 years later that I would actually start learning, and attending births as an uncertified doula.  (I became certified in 2008). 

For the past 13 years, I have studied pregnancy and childbirth - learning far more than any trained doula is expected to learn. I had actually dabbled with the idea of being a midwife, so I’ve read several books geared towards midwifery. However, there is just too much responsibility that comes with the title of a midwife.  Being a Doula and a Childbirth Educator is the perfect fit for me and my family :-).

In 2007, I became an ALACE trained Labor Assistant/Birth Doula - now known as toLabor, The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options and Resources.  I am a Certified Doula with Childbirth International.  I hold a diploma as a certified childbirth educator through Childbirth International.  I LOVE teaching childbirth classes, and have taught over 260 couples!  I am a Certified Happiest Baby educator, and would love to help you learn how to calm your fussy baby in minutes or less! I am nearing the end of my Breastfeeding Counselor certification with Childbirth International. I’m currently trained to teach breastfeeding classes and can help with basic breastfeeding obstacles.   In March, 2014, I began working as a birth assistant at Inanna Birth and Women's Care (a birth center), in Denton.  I am enjoying the variety of work that I'm doing, and it's all very fulfilling :-)

I have had the privilege of attending over 175 births in all settings (birth centers, home and hospital), both vaginal and cesarean.  I have served mothers delivering twins, and have a passion for helping mothers achieve a VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean).  I have attended many VBAC's including a few VBAC's after multiple cesareans. I have learned so much over the past few years, and I am confident in my abilities to educate women, as well as provide them with compassionate care.

 


Certifications and Trainings:

ALACE (now known as toLabor) Doula Training Workshop: August, 2007 - Twin Falls, Idaho

Certified Childbirth Educator with Childbirth International - November, 2008

Doula Certification with Childbirth International - August, 2009

Happiest Baby on the Block Certification - November, 2009

Waterbirth Certification Workshop through Waterbirth International -Feb 20th, 2010

Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Training Workshop - February, 2010

Breastfeeding Counselor in training (with Childbirth International) as of Feb, 2010

Advanced Breastfeeding Workshop (May 1st, 2011)

Advanced Women’s Herbal and Aromatherapy Course with Birth Arts International -began course study September, 2011

Rebozo Workshop - August, 2013

Advanced Doula Training Workshop -Use of Tens During Labor -Feb, 26th, 2013

TENS in Labor trainer for birth professionals - Nov, 2013

Birth Assistant at Inanna Birth Center, in Denton TX as of March, 2014

Acupressure for pregnancy, labor and postpartum training - April, 2014

ProDoula Advanced Business Training Workshop- August, 2015

Spinning Babies Training Workshop with Gail Tully- December, 2015

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training - Jan, 2016

Bengkung Belly Binding Training - June, 2016