My Birthwork Journey
When I was six, I looked at my mom and said, "You're pregnant." She looked shocked and asked how I knew. She was only a few weeks in, and not showing yet. Doula work came for me. Early.
As an adult, I was invited to attend a death of a close family friend in hospice. I communicated with the medical staff, made sure everyone ate and rested, and read a poem for the group when she passed. After, I told a friend the story and learned the word, "doula."
I've worked with young children my whole life: my own 6 siblings, babysitting, tutoring, summer camp work, developmental research in preschools, teaching early elementary school. Small children puking on you definitely prepares you for some aspects of birth!
Even so, at my first birth I was terrified that I'd faint or be useless, but instead everything cliqued. I just knew when to hold a hand, offer water, step up, step back. I knew there was no going back.
I believe that all people deserve the information and support to have a satisfying birth experience. It's ok to want a health baby AND also a good birth experience!
I'm the queer child of a single parent and I love working with other queers and single-parent families.
It's your birth, and I'd be honored to walk alongside you.
Certifications & Degrees
Full Spectrum Birthworker
Seven week training in 2019 with Ancient Song Doula Service in Brooklyn, NY. Requirements included Infant CPR training and certification, bodyfeeding training and certification, and 5 supervised births.
Twelve week training with an RN, a midwife, and community leaders covering anatomy, trauma-informed care, HAES, comfort measures, advocacy & more. Requirements included submitting teaching demos for feedback and writing a full childbirth ed curriculum.
Self-paced program through the VBAC Link on supporting trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) for those desiring a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Wellesley College, Developmental Psychology & Art History
Trainings & Courses
Ancient Song Doula Services
Full Spectrum Doula Training
Evidence Based Birth
Big Babies; Due Dates; Advanced Maternal Age
Wild Ginger Herbal Center
Birthkeeper Program: Herbs for Fertility, Herbal Birth Bag, Gender Affirming Birth Work, Understanding Emergencies, Sacred Blessing Ceremonies, Balancing Hormones Post-miscarriage and Postpartum
Divine Birth Wisdom
Grandma's Hands: Pregnancy and Postpartum Herbs in the Southern Tradition
Institute for Birth, Breath & Death
Holding Space for Infant & Pregnancy Loss
Chicago Women's Health Center
Abortion Companion Training, Loss Companion Training