Khaylen Stanton: Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Birth & Postpartum Doula
The Midwest (Cleveland, Ann Arbor, and Chicago) and people tell me I have the accent and kindness to prove it. I currently reside in New Fairfield, CT about 10 ft from the NY boarder. I support pregnant people and their families throughout several counties in CT and NY.
My education and training...
In 2010 I received my birth and postpartum training through DONA International. I supported many families in the Ann Arbor, MI area as a Birth Doula up until late 2014 when I turned my focus to postpartum work. As I started to attend more births again, in 2015 I refreshed my Birth Doula training with DTI (Doulas Training International) with a focus on inclusion, social justice
and advocacy. To further supplement my postpartum work, I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2016. I have plans to add Childbirth Educator and Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) to my credentials in the near future. I attend lectures, read extensively and constantly look for continuing education. I love to learn!
Prior to becoming a doula full time, I received my BSE in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and worked as an IT
and Finance Executive for a Fortune 500 Company for 15 years until I followed my heart and dreams of doing birth work full time.
My support style…
I believe that with birth, as with most things in life, any time spent before the “big event” preparing, educating and evaluating options, is time very well spent. I enjoy working through questions, concerns, wishes and dreams around what birth, postpartum and breastfeeding looks and feels like for each individual client I have the honor of working with. I provide evidence-based research so my clients feel empowered to advocate for the experience they deserve. I help each client to recognize the power that already resides inside of them, to trust birth and their body's innate abilities. I started attending births in 2010 before ever having children of my own. Since then I’ve attended close to 30 births in both hospital and home settings. In addition to birth, I have had the privilege of supporting numerous breastfeeding dyads and well as entire
families as they transition into life with a new baby.
From a very young age, whenever I asked my mother or father about my birth…and sometimes when I didn’t ask, they would always go on and on about how beautiful, positive, family-oriented it was. I mean, I was born at home in the early 80’s on a water bed surrounded by family and probably a few strangers too. Doesn’t get any more magical than that! What this lead to was a girl who believed in birth, the human body’s ability to bear children without any interventions and what a transformative impact the entire event can have on people’s lives. When I became older and my friends started having children, their experiences were, for the most part, very different from what I had been told by my parents. These more negative experiences lead me to becoming a doula. I had to let people know that there were options, other ways of doing things and support to be had. I wanted the positive, beautiful, loving, supportive experience for all birthing persons that had been described to me by my parents. I feel honored that I now get to provide that support, education, guidance and love that I know, every birthing person deserves.
I love being a doula because...
I am being allowed, by my clients, to be a small part of a very intimate life changing experience. I feel as if, person by person and with each baby born, nursling nourished, hand held or tear wiped away, I’m having a positive impact on not only the person and family in the moment, but the future of the entire human race. I am very down to earth and at times very direct. My clients appreciate the evidence-based research and resources that I provide them as well as my own experience that I bring to each relationship. My goal in every doula/client relationship is to empower, inform, educate and develop a deep trust.
When I am not supporting births…
I’m hanging with my family, living life to the fullest. Kids school, activities and daily chores take up most of my time. I love sleep and will nap any chance I get. Some of my favorite things are growing food in my garden that I use in meals I make for my family while drinking a glass of wine…or two. Traveling to places I’ve already been but my kids haven’t and seeing the excitement on their faces. Binge watching shows with my husband on Netflix while we stay up way too late and cheering on my beloved Wolverine’s as they once again fail to beat Ohio State….Next Year?