After having a less than ideal experience with her own child’s birthing process, Charlie Rae Young began the process of becoming a doula and founding Barefoot Birth. Since then, she has attended hundreds of births over the last 7 years. This has allowed her to fill a niche with naturally-minded families. In addition to this, she has also been able to serve those who are often marginalized from conventional medical care due to social stigma. Charlie Rae Young’s goal is to always be helping improve the process of childbearing for all demographics and families. Her passion consistently provides her with fuel to continues creating and developing in her field.
Charlie Rae Young will tell anyone that one of her greatest joys comes with seeing families whose births she attended later on in life, such as when the kids she delivered enter school. Think about her role in that makes her feel warm and happy inside. Another thing that makes her happy is in seeing the doulas trained by her company, Barefoot Birth, spread the message that midwives and natural birth are very important. She also love the fact that many of them have strong practices of their own that bring the best services to more expectant families.
Charlie Rae Young sees the role of a midwife as bringing families together in a way that is unique and precious. As a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, Charlie Rae Young, LM, CPM, CLC is a Florida Licensed Midwife (MW276). That is a very tiny profession. Only a few who perform this service. In fact, she is one of just two in the Tampa area who will even do home births. Charlie Rae Young loves every aspect of what she does.
Charlie Rae Young has been very vocal in her advocacy for her role as a doula in the current day. She has written numerous articles for many publications and she has also been featured in a number of pieces, as well. For example, she was interviewed as part of a news feature on the local Tampa NBC Affiliate to discuss her community project, The Barefoot Bus, which is a fully mobile prenatal care unit that operates under the easy access model of care. The Barefoot Bus and her company, Barefoot Birth, were created based on Charlie Rae’s belief is that every family deserves safe and quality natural birthing care, and that such care helps bring about more beautiful births, which builds stronger communities.
Charlie Rae Young delights in seeing families whose births she attended, some of whose children are now school age and thinking about her role in that. She also enjoys seeing the doulas who were trained by Barefoot Birth spread the message. Some have strong practices that bring the best services to more family. She sees being a midwife as bringing families together in a way that is unique and precious. She appreciates her important role in the community and hopes to continue for many years.
A graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, Charlie Rae Young, LM, CPM, CLC is a Florida Licensed Midwife (MW276). Hers is a small profession; there are very few who perform this service. That said, she loves every aspect of what she does, which is why she has worked alongside the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, The Birth Survey, and The Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery, among others, in a bid to improve the quality of birthing services in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida.