I believe food should be fun and bring pleasure. It connects us to each other, our ancestors and to ourselves. It nourishes our physical body and our soul. I also believe our bodies are capable of amazing things. When we learn to listen to them and trust them we can appreciate all they are capable of and appreciate the experience of living in our own unique body.
I also believe birth is a normal, natural part of life. When we trust our bodies, our babies and our care team birth happens without too much fuss (I mean, other than the fact that giving life to a human is freakin amazing in and of itself). Birth must always unfurl with the rights and respect for the birthing person front and center.
Emily also co-owns and co-manages Vermont Birth Network with her business partner Greer Sargeant of Postmodern Doula. Vermont Birth Network is a platform designed to connect families with a comprehensive network of professionals to support their on their journey through pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Vermont Birth Network also provides community, connection and continuing education to it’s professional members to strengthen the network of support for Vermont families.
Year by year… 2015
I attended my first training to become a doula through Birth Arts International and started supporting birthing families. It was such a joy and honor to be a part of their journey and to help protect their birth space.
During my second pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes and it really threw me for a loop. All. The. Feelings. It’s fair to say that all the internal and external pressure I felt to manage my blood sugar through a strict diet and exercise sent me into some very disordered eating that stuck with me for years. Through it all I had an incredibly supportive team and had a wonderful birth experience that focused on me and not gestational diabetes.
I decided to open my own private practice to focus on supporting pregnant folks with nutrition counseling and doula support, and I formed Nourished Journey! My plan got pushed back due to an opportunity falling through and a third pregnancy. For this pregnancy I tried some things differently knowing my increased risk for gestational diabetes. I stressed less and worked on improving the big picture of my health. I “passed” my screening test and had another empowered birth experience with my incredibly supportive team. Did I mention my amazing doula was there for all 3 births?!?
I was ready to start seeing clients! Enter the pandemic, and my business gets put on back burner, again. As I was stuck at home with three kids 5 and under with no childcare I found myself daydreaming and planning during those few minutes to myself I had each day about Nourished Journey. Eventually we got some help and I was able to refocus. This year also included major shifts in how I wanted to practice. I fully embraced an anti-diet, Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating approach and never looked back.
January 1st, 2021
Finally, officially saw my first client as Nourished Journey.
Driven by my beliefs...
all bodies are beautiful and worthy of respect.
Ongoing, informed consent is a right.
Your lived experience is valuable.
Food should be pleasurable and life giving.
Rest is necessary.
the current system is unsupportive and inadequate.
we need to find a better way…
people deserve better.
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