Ever since learning about the extraordinary benefits of doulas, I’ve wanted to fulfill a dream of becoming a birth doula. It was in my Master’s degree program in maternal and child health that the importance of doulas to successful births became clear.
I am still amazed that something as simple as having a doula can lead to significantly improved birth outcomes. Research shows that women who have a continuous birth companion are less likely to have pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps assisted births, and C-sections (view study).
Earlier in my career, I worked with survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. Unknowingly this has taught me how to deal with intense situations with a calm, clearheaded mind. As your doula, l approach every situation grounded, steady and composed, even if birth takes an unexpected turn.
As a doula, I’ve helped support a diverse set of mothers, preparing me for a wide variety of situations. Giving back is important to me, so I also offer my services to Open Arms Perinatal Services, a wonderful organization that provides doulas to needy mothers.
Outside of my work, I love gardening on my small balcony, foraging for mushrooms, and backpacking the Pacific Northwest mountains.
Continuing Education and Training
- Birth Doula Training – Bastyr University Simkin Center (2015)
- Breastfeeding Skills and Resources for Doulas – Big Belly Services (2015)
- Master Public Health, Maternal and Child Health – George Washington University (2008)