We are a team of licensed and certified professionals with a passion for preparing expectant families for the childbirth experience and the adventure that awaits as new parents. If you are pregnant, the story of this adventure is starting to unfold for you and we want to help prepare you to make educated and informed decisions along the way. We believe that education and proper medical care are the tools you need to help you on your path to parenthood. Together with your physician or midwife, we hope to empower you to “take the pen” and begin to write the story of your “happily ever after.”
We also understand that some stories will have unexpected endings and when this happens, we want to walk alongside you and help you take your next steps toward health and recovery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your story with one of our certified bereavement counselors from the MISS Foundation. Your story is meant to be shared.
Marcia Huizinga RN, BSN, CCCE, CLE – Owner/Instructor
Marcia is a registered nurse with almost 20 years of experience in OB & Women’s Health. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and settled in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Tom. They are the proud parents of three boys who are now all grown and married- hoping to someday start families of their own.
Marcia’s OB nursing experience in several area hospitals and recent OB/GYN office as well as her own childbirth stories- including a singleton, a twin pregnancy, a natural birth, a medicated vaginal birth, cesarean delivery with an epidural and numerous medical interventions- have inspired her to share her knowledge along with the expertise of some of her friends and colleagues with expectant families in the Chicagoland area. We are all excited to see how our stories will help to shape yours.
Karen Selph LPN, LMT, BCTMB – Massage Instructor
Karen is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of seven. She has worked for 20 years with severely disabled, medically fragile children as a nurse and massage therapist. She graduated from National University of Health Science at the top of her class and became nationally board certified as a massage therapist. Karen was an instructor at National University’s massage therapy program for massage in pregnancy and special populations. She is certified to teach infant and toddler massage and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Julie Levandoski, RN, BSN, Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider – MISS Foundation
Julie is a Registered Nurse with experience in Labor & Delivery, Infertility and in the OB/Gyn office setting. She is a wife and mother of three living children and one angel baby, Justin, who was born sleeping in 2005. Her birth story has led her to seek training with the MISS Foundation to help other families who also have experienced the loss of a child.
Julie became a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider in June, 2014. She currently serves as a volunteer peer support group facilitator and HOPE mentor in the Chicagoland area. She is thrilled to partner with Once Upon a Lullaby to bring her compassionate spirit and expertise to the Elmhurst area.