I have been passionate about childbirth since I was 14. I graduated high school and attended college with the intention to become a nurse midwife. It was quickly clear to me that the role of a care provider at a hospital, bears little resemblance to the care I longed to provide a couple in labor. It was my dream to be able to be fully present one to one with a laboring couple. To provide the intimacy of care that I believe is invaluable. I completed my Associates Degree and stepped out into the working world. My plan was to work and save and pursue a homebirth midwifery license. But my passion for birth was not being fulfilled in the meantime.
It was in 2009 that I discovered the world of doulas. Here was an opportunity to stay connected to my passion while working to save for my future as a midwife. I began working toward certification and attended my first birth in 2010 (the little girl born that day was the flower girl at my wedding). I completed my certification in 2012.
As I worked as a doula, I found myself spending a lot of my time with clients teaching. Helping them navigate the wide world of information to find what was evidence based and important to them. I decided to make it official and pursued certification as a childbirth educator. I completed that certification in 2020.
I still work full time for a tech company. I work with wonderful, supportive people who know that I attend births and love it.
I take only a few birth doula clients birth per year so I that I can spend my time and energy giving each couple my full attention. I also provide private childbirth education for those looking to learn even if they're not sure if they want a doula present.
Doulas of North America (DONA)
Certified Birth Doula since 2012
I am also certified in the following doula-specialties:
Spinning Babies for pregnancy and birth.
TENS Use during labor.
Rebozo use prenatally, during labor, and postpartum.
Acupressure for postpartum care.
International Childbirth Education Association
Certified Childbirth Educator since 2020
I have also spent time teaching subjects as varied as junior gymnastics and high school sex education.