Whether you feel heard, respected, and included in your birthing experience will color your first steps as a new parent and I take joy in helping you and your family prepare to make this a real possibility. I truly hope to imbue your experience with empowerment and compassion. As both a doula and an educator, it is my goal that you, and the people you choose to surround yourself with as your move toward your birth, will become attuned to your inner voice, which tells us what is right on a deep soul level.
I am in the final stage of being certified as a doula through DONA (Doulas of North America). I participate in continuing education and peer review through the East Bay Doula Group. I am also a Certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). I teach group classes in Berkeley. I have attended over 70 families.
My birth journey began when I was quite young, though I didn’t know it at the time. As a very small child, my favorite book was Where Do Babies Come From, by Margaret Sheffield.
This book innocently and graphically explained conception, pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. I was obsessed. Twenty years later my passion was reignited when I lived with a midwife. I started watching her movies, reading her books, and mining her for stories and information. I was hooked and inspired to dive into the world of birth work. I participated in a DONA doula training in 2007 and attended my first birth in the winter of 2010.
Through the years I have had many experiences with meditation and have a great respect for the outward limits of the human mind. I am consistently amazed by the power of visualization, and use it repeatedly in my work.