I’m Carrie Murphy, a doula, writer, poet, mother, student, teacher, mentor, and community-builder. I imbue my whole life with the belief that birthwork can change the world. Equity and justice in reproductive health informs my identity and work as a doula. I identify as a full-spectrum doula, which means I support people through any reproductive experience or outcome of pregnancy, including miscarriage, birth, abortion or termination, stillbirth, surrogacy, or adoption.
I am a co-founder and volunteer coordinator of the UNMH Volunteer Birth Companion program, the steering committee lead for the New Mexico Doula Association and a former HealthConnectOne Birth Equity Leadership Academy Leader. I am a former member-at-large on the board of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force.
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.
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 doula and placenta encapsulation 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.
Other Training and Continuing Education
- Spinning Babies 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 Monopoly, 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
- Full Spectrum Doula Circle Abortion Doula Training, November 2018
- Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Training with Amy Wright Glenn at the Institute For Birth, Breath and Death, Spring 2019
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.
In the media
Quoted in “Visualization Techniques for Labor, According to Experts” on Romper
Quoted in “My Epidural Didn’t Work. Here’s What I Wish I Knew” on Parents
Featured in “Doula Association forms in New Mexico” in the Santa Fe New Mexican
- Evidence for Doulas, 60 min session with co-presenters Paula Reiss, Tamara Gardner, CNM, Katie Kivlighan CNM, University of New Mexico OB/GYN Department Grand Rounds, March 2019
- Doulas & Labor Support, 60 min session with co-presenter Paula Reiss, University of New Mexico Family Practice Resident School, August 2018
- You & The NICU, 60 min sessions with co-presenterwith Johanna Macaulay, RN, IBCLC, DONA International Conference, 2016
More About Me
-I’m a Sagittarius, ENFP and type 8 on the enneagram—but I promise I’m not super loud or intense 😉
-I have two (old) dachshunds
-Baltimore, MD is where I was born and raised (so I’m pretty choosy about crabcakes…) but my soul feels happiest in the desert
-I once had a food/cooking blog
-I’m semi-obsessed with houseplants and took a giant monstera with me when I moved from NM to LA