Ashley Mitchell, owner of Lifetime Healing, set out to change the thought that post placement care wasn’t important. After a breakdown that took place almost 5 years after placing her son for adoption she knew that she needed to be able to talk to someone that would understand the trauma and loss of adoption for a birth mother. After months of research she found very little that not only embraced her grief but that also encouraged her to heal and keep putting one foot in front of the other. After hitting dead end after dead end she decided she would start her own community in the off chance that there would be someone, anyone, out there that could benefit from support and vulnerability.
The results speak for themselves. For almost a decade Ashley has been one of the most consistent and sought after Birth Mother voices in the nation. Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touched the hearts of countless members of the adoption triad. Her passion for post placement care and reform is contagious.
“The more I know, the less I wish I knew.” Ashley Mitchell
It has always been like that for Ashley. She reads and listens and educates herself and then jumps in with both feet, passion blazing to make the difference that she can make. She has learned from those that have gone before her and wants to pioneer a new way for those that will come after her. That is Lifetime Healing.
Ashley Mitchell and her experiences have been shared all over the country through nationally acclaimed writing series, award-winning service, television + radio interviews and hundreds of blogs + business sites. She is known for her vulnerability and realness through her speaking, writing, mentoring and advocacy work for the Adoption community.
She is the Western Region Leader and a State Team Member for the Parent Advocacy Council in the state of Utah helping to bring tools, resources and voice back to the parents.
She is the owner of Big Tough Girl™, serving women world wide in their desire to live life as a Big Tough Girl™. She believes strongly in the power of sharing your story, educating yourself on the issues, and providing the resources so that women can feel empowered and successful in their journey.
Ashley is a mother of 2 and a birth mother of 1. She is learning daily how to navigate open adoption and how to create a lifetime of healing and forward movement post placement.
She resides in Utah with her husband and small family.
Sarah Noelle Schmidth is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with emphasis in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling. She is a native Californian that currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and their new baby boy. She has a heart for helping women see their worth, bringing them together to embrace their differences, flaws and uniquenesses, helping each other through life, standing beside one another in solidarity, accepting and loving those deemed unacceptable and trying to understand the misunderstood. As a birth mother of two teenagers placed with the same couple in an open adoption, she empathizes with women who make the courageous sacrifice that is choosing placement for their children. She is also a writer, speaker and open adoption advocate, with her passions for people, healing and encouragement leading her to write and share her story through various platforms in hopes that others will not feel alone in their own journeys, but instead feel the grace, love and comfort that come from having a community of support rallying around each woman in need.
Beth Steffen, MS PC had to learn a lot of life's lessons the hard way. Beth is a 30+ year old single gal who is a survivor of a traumatic sexual assault and many mental health issues following that event. In the ten years since the attack, she had to learn how to live every day as a survivor and over comer. She believes that every woman can find freedom from life's oppressing circumstances. After Beth's trauma, she chose to go to school and get a Master's Degree in Community Counseling in order to help those who feel they can't help themselves. She has a great passion for seeing women set free. She enjoy's working with individuals who are ready to work and fight for their freedom. She pride's herself in coming beside women and walking through life's battles together. In her free time she can be found doing anything crafty, watching reality TV, playing with her nephews & niece, or just enjoying the quietness of home.