I’m Carrie Murphy, CD(DONA). I’m a doula, writer, poet, mother, student, teacher, mentor and community-builder. I imbue my whole life with the belief that birth work can change the world.

I am a co-founder and volunteer coordinator of the UNM Volunteer Birth Companion program, the steering committee lead for the New Mexico Doula Association and a current HealthConnectOne Birth Equity Leadership Academy Leader. I am a former member-at-large on the board of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force.

History

 I’ve always been interested in and passionate about pregnancy, birth, babies, and reproductive health. After I finished graduate school in 2011, I decided to become a doula. I wanted to support pregnant people and their families in feeling calm and confident about their birthing and parenting choices and experiences. I believe that every birthing person has an inner source of courage, strength, and intuition— it’s an absolute honor to witness and hold space for them during this life-changing transition.

Read more about my approach to doula work here.

I completed my DONA-approved doula training in June 2012 and attended my first two births that year. I became certified as a birth doula through DONA International in January 2014. I re-certified in January 2017. Since 2012, I’ve attended births in New Mexico, Virginia, and Washington DC. In 2018, I gave birth for the first time myself—at home, in downtown Albuquerque, NM. 

After five awesome years in Albuquerque,  my husband’s job led my family to relocate to New Orleans in early 2019. I am still involved in several birth projects in New Mexico, including the UNM Birth Companion Program and the New Mexico Doula Association.

I hope to provide birth and placenta services in New Orleans sometime in 2020.

I support births in all settings (hospital, birth center, home) and have experience with vaginal birth after cesarean, planned cesarean birth, medically-complicated and high-risk pregnancies, and more. Supporting diverse families, like single parents and LGBTQI people, is important to me.

Training 

  • DONA Birth Doula Workshop with Carolyn Ogren, June 2012
  • Spinning Babies workshop with Gail Tully, November 2012
  • “When Survivors Give Birth” and comfort measures workshop with DONA founder Penny Simkin, April 2013
  • “New ACOG Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Guidelines: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers?” with Penny Simkin, May 2014
  • “What Men Need in Labor: Isn’t It Time We Cared?” with Amy Gilliland, July 2014
  • CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator workshop in August 2014
  • “Who’s In Charge Here? Rights and Protections During Childbirth” with Farah Diaz-Tello and the International Cesarean Awareness Network, October 2014
  • “Maternity Care Practices and their Impact on the Microbiome” with Penny Simkin, February 2015
  • Rebozo workshop with Gena Kirby, March 2015
  • TENS workshop with Penny Bussell Stansfield, April 2015 (I am certified to use TENS machines with my clients!)
  • Flock Yeah! with Gena Kirby and Cristen Pascucci of Birth Monopoloy, February 2016
  • Birthing From Within workshop with Carrie Kenner and Pam England, March 2016
  • TRANSITIONS: Becoming A Trans-Affirming Birth Worker Online Training by BROTHA DOULA, September 2017

I am also certified as a placenta specialist through the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts. I was the first APPA-certified placenta specialist in the state of New Mexico.