Ann-Marie Bone has a Bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with focuses in Biology, Health Science, and Social Science. She holds a Graduate level certification in Nutrition which allows her to practice nutrition coaching, is a CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula and a Madriella trained Birth Doula, and has recently joined the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN Colorado Springs Chapter) as a co-leader. She is also one of three local doulas who founded Springs 4th Trimester Support, offering biweekly support groups for mothers in the Colorado Springs area.
Her passion lies in holistic wellness and helping families, regardless of the shape or size, in thriving and transitioning smoothly into the process of brining a new human being into the world. A key to a successful experience is support, via a doula, or group support, support should be accessible. This is what fueled Springs 4th Trimester's mission, to create a welcoming environment and discuss anything related to the 4th trimester without judgment. As doulas, we have outside resources readily available when needed.
Ann-Marie understands from first hand experience how important a good support system is during the postpartum period. Shortly after moving from Texas to Alaska, she gave birth to her first child. She experienced first hand what it was like to not have a "village." Not having being exposed to the birthing process except for in school text books, her 37 hour labor did not involve options or consent. Difficult labor, feeding issues, and postpartum depression ensued shortly after (due to severe nutritional deficiencies and improperly diagnosed autoimmune disease). Through educating herself, and returning to school for Nutrition, she was able to stabilize her health and finally enjoy her first born the way that she had initially intended.
Once she became pregnant with her second child, she familiarized herself with her birthing options and hired a labor doula. It became apparent that doulas are the calm during this sometimes fearful and difficult event. She had often thought that the invaluable support doulas offer should be more commonplace.
When presented with the opportunity to train as a postpartum doula, she pursued it. Soon after, she delved into studying to be a birth doula. She has helped many family's transition during the postpartum period and has enjoyed being a part of single births as well as twin births.
She also makes herbal tinctures that promote wellness, as well as some focused on postpartum healing and feminine health. You may find these herbal items in the "shop" section.