Amy Welborn, Certified Birth Doula
Amy was born and raised in the Miami Valley as the eldest of five children. One of her favorite childhood memories took place at school when the school secretary would announce the birth of another sibling. In celebration of the new sibling, Amy would bring in gum cigars to share with her classmates. Amy enjoyed helping her mom around the house, playing the role as little mother. She was fortunate to be a part of a family who was very supportive of breastfeeding. Amy’s mom nursed her and her younger siblings and as a teenager, Amy watched her aunt tandem nurse twins.
After high school Amy moved to Illinois to attended Judson University and focused on Elementary Education. While away at college, Amy’s parents adopted a feisty five year old, making her and her siblings a brood of six children. She also fell madly in love with a young man from Milwaukee who sported the most amazing sideburns in the Midwest. They married in January 2000, committing their family to God and let Him lead their family through natural family planning.
After moving back to Ohio, Amy and her husband Brent struggled with infertility but were blessed by a son in 2002 through a natural childbirth. They struggled with secondary infertility and began a journey towards adoption. In 2005, through private adoption, Amy and Brent were blessed with a sweet baby girl. God then opened the floodgates and blessed Amy and Brent with another daughter ten short months later in 2006. This pregnancy was different and after a long four months of bed rest due to preterm later, a stubborn baby was evicted by induction, though drug-free. In the spring of that same year Amy was able to witness the birth of one of her college BFF’s daughter, it was a miracle and dear Kael will always hold a special place in Amy’s heart!
Just a little under two years later, in 2008, Amy and Brent were blessed with another son, born three weeks early weighing 10 pounds 2 ounces and coming via cesarean. Amy was devastated by the cesarean while their son had to spend a little time in the NICU due to low blood sugars. 17 months later, in 2009, a baby girl was born via elective cesarean. Amy experienced severe scar tissue due to the cesareans, as well as symptoms resulting from an autoimmune issue. Two years later, in 2011, after finding a very supportive practice of OBs and midwives, a hefty baby girl of 10 pounds 15 ounces was born via VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Amy and Brent credit a very supportive birth team, which included a doula, a birth photographer and Amy’s mom. Even though they celebrated the VBAC accomplishment, Amy experienced a scary postpartum hemorrhage and took some additional time to recover and heal emotionally. Amy and Brent thought their quiver was full but the Lord had other plans. In 2013, Amy and Brent were blessed with a sweet baby girl and another successful VBAC…. this time without any complications! Glory to God for His promises! Then, the Welborn clan grew again. Amy became pregnant in the Spring of 2015 just as her doula business was taking off. In September, at 30 weeks pregnant, Amy’s water broke. She spent the duration of her pregnancy on hospital bed rest. Their third son, eighth baby was born at 32 weeks and 6 days via another successful VBAC. Through lots of prayers and God’s mercies, Theodore needed no help breathing and was able to breastfeed, needing no feeding aid! He only spent six days in the NICU before being welcomed home by a house full of siblings.
All of Amy’s experiences have played a major role in influencing her to pursue a career and calling as a birth doula. In 2010 she completed a course in Natural Wellness the following year she became ceritfied as a Natural Living Educator and Family Herbalist. Amy completed her birth doula certification through Childbirth International in 2014. A life-long learner, she continues to research and study all things related to birth, babies and motherhood.
At one time Amy “used to be cool” but now you can find her transporting her children to soccer practice and games in their twelve-passenger van. When not supporting a family as birth doula, helping mamas breastfeed or cheering for her favorite cross county team, Amy enjoys helping as a 4H youth advisor, girls small group leader, sewing, urban gardening and throwing killer dance parties with her kids. Amy and Brent are adoption advocates and enjoy homeschooling their eight children.
Brent Welborn, Creative/Marketing
Brent’s passion to create is innate and originated at a young age as he was often seen drawing his favorite sports heroes, creating scale models of his childhood home or building various projects in his dad’s basement woodshop. As he matured, Brent’s creative interests transitioned from illustration to drafting and architecture and finally to brand design and development. Many of Brent’s final brand designs draw on this inspiration and include a methodically structured brand architecture with an illustrative flair.
Having graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications, Brent launched his career with a Dayton area advertising agency. He quickly began working on significant projects to develop brands for area businesses and organizations. Brent took his experience and skill set home and began working with a local organization to help brand the Dayton Region for new business development. He continued to add other brands to his portfolio including one of Fortune’s fastest growing companies. Brent’s success in branding led him to work with the State of Ohio where he has created dozens of brands for programs and events. He was the lead designer who helped to implement a new ‘Ohio’ brand across the state as well as introduce the circle ‘hi’ brand for Ohio Tourism.
Brent continues to develop impactful brands for small businesses. Now teaming up with his wife Amy, they’ve found a passion in helping childbirth professionals succeed in business. Drawing on inspiration from home and their seven children, Brent and Amy understand what most families need in this stage of life and how childbirth workers can genuinely and successfully meet these needs. Brent believes a childbirth worker can first define their potential to meet a family’s need through a creative and effective brand with sound marketing principles, and that’s where Brent is ready to help.