Doula Bio - Erin Tenney
Since the age of 17, I've known that birth work is my calling. I became a doula through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) ten years ago to get closer to birth and found that indeed, this was what I am meant to do. The next year I delivered my own son, Sebastian, at home. It was a beautiful, challenging and life changing experience. His birth was so gentle, and powerful. Like him.
I started my nursing education when Sebastian was as an infant and have been pursuing it ever since. I have my Associates and Baccelaureate degrees in Nursing and am months away from finishing my Masters in Midwifery and Post-Masters degrees in Women's Health. My career has grown up around my position as Maternal & Child Health Nurse at the Red Cliff Tribal Health Center in Bayfield, Wisconsin. This is where the Bami-Ondaadiziike Birth Doula Program was born. See: About the program for more information.
I am a Certified Childbirth Educator and Childbirth Educator Trainer through ICEA and a DONA certified doula. I am also a Certified Lactation Consultant. I love working with expecting, birthing and new families and believe that I always will. I find deep satisfaction in supporting and empowering families during this powerful time of transition. The difference we can make at this time in people's lives is profound.
I also find great joy in my community of women and men who have chosen birth work; my fellow doulas in this program and those who share their gifts of service in a variety of ways to families in the Chequamegon Bay and beyond.
Other passions in my life include: anything that has to do with my son, my family and community, writing & photography, dancing, sharing food and Saturday mornings at the farmers' market, creative arts, biking, skiing, swimming, hiking, gardening... the list goes on. There are so many things that my Gemini spirit loves. I truly feel blessed every day.