CHARLENE HAMILTON EDUCATOR
Certified Birthing From Within mentor, mom, wife, not-quite-crazy cat lady, organizer of things, artist, writer, labyrinth work enthusiast, nerd.
I have been a Birthing From Within mentor for over a decade! I started out as a DONA-trained doula and when I found Birthing From Within I knew I had found something very special.
I came to birth work through a nurse at a friend’s birth- she looked at me wiping my friend’s forehead, whispering encouragement to her and said “You’re really good at that, you know you can get paid to support people?”. When I found Birthing From Within, it was like the universe tapped me on the shoulder and said “Here, this.” I was struck by the belief that preparing heart and mind is vital to childbirth preparation, that pain isn’t the enemy in birth, and that focusing on a specific outcome inhibits birthing in awareness.
It’s these principles that I’ve build my practice on, and that I try to bring to every single class I teach, no matter how big or small.
I believe deeply that the heart and mind both need to be prepared for childbirth and parenting just as much (if not more) than the body does, and that birth can be honored as a rite of passage, no matter where or how someone gives birth.
CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR WORK?
The thing I love the most about working with expectant families, is seeing their progress through class, watching them have "AHA!" moments as they discover something new, or they grasp an idea. It's knowing that the work I am doing with them matters, and that they will carry it with them, even after the birth.
Q. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU WERE A DOULA + EDUCATOR?
I was studying graphic design in college, and I still use those skills extensively. I've also had a run as an actress, a floral designer, and a fabric store clerk. I'm also mom to three wonderful grown kids.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I'm a nerd- I play video and tabletop games, and I co-authored a tabletop role-playing game. I have an ever growing list of craft projects, I paint, and I write.
MY PUBLISHED WRITING:
"Char helps families expand possibilities."