Austin has had the desire to work with women in pregnancy and birth long before she herself was expecting. She began pursuing this desire as a Women’s Health Promotion and Family Services major at UNI, which was the beginning of her round-about journey into birthwork. Her passion and call to come alongside mothers and their support people in birth only grew over time and was solidified after seeing a documentary about women giving birth while serving time in prison. By the time Austin had two children of her own, she began to understand the role of a doula and that THIS is what she had been called to do all along. Austin then began training with DONA International, not realizing that she was at the time pregnant with baby #3! She found the value of a doula on a personal level through the birth of her third baby.
Austin’s pursuit in becoming a doula is rooted in helping women and their support people know their options, discover their preferences, experience birth with less fear and more confidence and have a positive perception of their experience even if things don’t go how they originally planned. She supports women with all types of visions for their birth – whether natural or medicated or a planned Cesarean.
Austin lives in West Des Moines with her husband and 3 young kids. She enjoys a delicious cup of coffee, watching documentaries, camping, volunteering and quiet mornings, preferring a sunrise over a sunset. She and her family attend Valley Church, where her husband is employed. A large part of Austin’s life is volunteering at Valley both by getting to hang out with and pour into 6th grade girls every Wednesday evening and singing occasionally with her husband on weekends. The Johnsons like opening their home and enjoying the company of others. Austin loves her witty husband, cuddling with her family, witnessing her children learn about this world and getting to teach them about it.