Gaylea McDougal, CPM-TN
After undergraduate school at the University of TN @Knoxville, I studied nursing on a master’s level at Vanderbilt University while enrolled in the Women’s Health Nurse Practioner’s Program, (a Masters Preparation program that includes clinical work in Psych, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Rehabilitation and Medical-Surgical settings). After working in a variety of medical settings, I realized that my true passion was not the medicalization of childbirth, but rather the educational, support, advocacy and nurturing aspect. I started my Doula practice in 2006 during the pregnancy of my 3rd son and became a certified labor doula through Doulas of North America (DONA). In 2009, with a dear friend and fellow colleague, I co-created Alpha Childbirth, a unique Christ-centered childbirth series. This was the first of its kind in middle Tennessee and we were humbled to serve hundreds of families with this curriculum for over 4 years. In 2013 I took what I had learned from Alpha, and listening to the needs of the community, created Roots Childbirth, an evidence-based childbirth curriculum that also embraces sustainability and the importance of community involvement across the lifespan.
I have attended hundreds of births in a variety of settings including every hospital in Middle Tennessee. I have experience with homebirths, water births, multiples, VBACS (vaginal birth after cesarean), VBAC2, breech, and non-medicated births. In 2013 I was nominated for the “Women Impacting the Community” award given by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce in the area of Healthcare for my work in childbirth advocacy, bringing awareness for safer childbirth practices into my community and providing resources for sustainable wellness. In 2016, after 5 years of traditional training and a very intensive apprenticeship, I finished the requirements set forth by NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) to receive the credential of CPM (Certified Professional Midiwfe) and am fully licensed in TN, offering professional midwifery services and well-woman care across the lifespan. I now run a very busy Women’s Health Practice (Roots Collaborative Care) located in Goodlettsville, TN.
As the daughter of the late Steve Sanders (former Gospel star and baritone singer for the Oak Ridge Boys), I also have the music “bug” and in my spare time I enjoy singing, song writing, listening to live music and mentoring young artists with music development. I am the co-owner of 40/XL Publishing/BMI and have earned 7 producer credits for Gospel and Country albums.
I have been married to Scott, my high school love, for almost 23 years and together we have 3 boys ages 22, 20 and 10 (the last 2 were born safely and peacefully at home). I enjoy homeschooling our youngest son, long-distance running, composting, organic gardening, helping my husband with our chickens & bees and watching college football. Mostly, I’m just raising my little family on our little farm, trying to leave the smallest footprint as possible on our planet. Let me know how I can help you! ~Gaylea