My greatest passion is to be with women in some of the most powerful and vulnerable stages of their life, through pregnancy, birth, and other forms of pregnancy release. Being witness to a woman move through a contraction, then to exclaim, “whoa! that was wild!” and remark on the power coming from within her; hearing a woman say “I DID IT” at each birth, is everything I could ask for. My philosophy in birth work is to provide the greatest amount of support with the least amount of intervention possible. Rather than aiming to “empower” others, my intention is to inspire each client to reach for their own inner power, strength and curiosity and to know that I have their backs no matter what. As your doula, I will companion you through all of this transition with guidance and deep love for your budding family.
I’m in awe of the physiological process of birth and the study of anatomy is a lifelong love. My clients can expect a fair amount of nerding out about hormones during our prenatal visits. I believe in normalizing the birth process by spending time with my clients on limiting fears and anxieties so that birth can do it’s thing - When we practice self-love and trust in our bodies, the release of birth can take place. I offer nonjudgemental support no matter what kind of birth you have and only hope to encourage you to make empowered choices that feel right for you. As your doula, I believe that when parents start this transformative journey by feeling loved and supported in making their own empowered choices, they begin parenthood with more confidence and reverence for themselves and their partner.
As your doula, I can help you get as close as possible to the birth of your dreams, while also building together a deep respect for that which is in nature’s control. My hope is that by finding peace between what we can plan for and what the universe decides, my clients can move forward without fear into the sacred transformation of parenthood.
I am trained and experienced with providing support in hospitals, birth centers, and home births. I can provide assistance building birth preferences, relaxation techniques, effective positioning for labor, acupressure points, hydrotherapy, visualizations and affirmations, advocacy and breastfeeding support. I have specialized training in VBAC, water births, and rebozo comfort and herbal support and preparations for pregnancy, breastfeeding and postpartum support. Although I am currently taking a break teaching childbirth education professionally, I teach newborn care and I love helping my clients to feel comfortable taking care of their new little one.
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Before coming into doula work, I earned my bachelors degree in Sociology and Education from Portland State University, and went on to be a preschool teacher and nanny. It was through my experiences working intimately with families where I fell in love with supporting families through pregnancy and postpartum. From there, I picked up every book I could find on birth and dove into an obsessive study of women’s health and haven’t turned back. I am certified labor and postpartum doula through Birthingway College of Midwifery in beautiful Portland and an ICEA trained childbirth educator and have attended over 50 births and supported many Portland families in the fourth trimester. When I am not with new families, I usually have my hands in a big jar of herbs or working my mortar and pestle. I absolutely love plant medicine and am studying to become a certified herbalist. I enjoy cooking, drinking tea, gardening, knitting and cross-stitching - could I be more of a doula stereotype here?
Some benefits of hiring a doulA
Continuous support through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum
Reported overall more satisfaction with birth experience
Lowered fear and anxiety
Improved communication with medical team
Improved mother-baby bonding
Reduced epidural rates
Reduced risk of unplanned cesarean
More success in breastfeeding
Early support in cases of postpartum depression
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