I started my career in birth work in 2011. Birth documentaries have always intrigued me, but watching them could not compare to the profoundly transformational experiences of giving birth to my own 5 children. In the process of giving birth, I had the good fortune of meeting some wonderful doulas, midwives, and obstetricians, and their example set me on the path toward developing my services as a birth professional. I am passionate about women-centered care and look forward to sharing my knowledge with others.
I am a strong advocate for low-tech natural birth. However, what I most value is respectful, informed care, and that is what I truly wish for all of my students and clients. I work to give birthing families the support and care necessary to help them articulate their needs and receive the care they desire from their care providers.
Outside of my training as a birth professional, my educational background is in languages and literature. I speak fluent Spanish and have traveled to many countries, including Argentina, Spain, and Cuba. I continue to teach Spanish at the college level. I have served Spanish-speaking families in my years as a birth worker and really love when I have the chance to do this.
I am also an avid dancer. It started with ballet, but I developed an interest in tango while living in Buenos Aires. You can bet that I am open to using dance to help you move your baby down!
Certified Doula (ToLabor) and Certified Childbirth Educator (AAHCC)
I have training and certifications from The American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (2010) and Tolabor (2011). I have also taken workshops on using the rebozo (Mexican shawl) to ease childbirth and on informed consent for patients in the hospital setting.
I have over a decade of experience with infants, breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering and am happy to share my expertise or set you up with some amazing community resources.