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Certifications & Degrees

Infant Feeding & Lactation Specialist

Requirements included 12 week training with Tanya Willis and Sarah Lovell at Manhattan Birth, weekly homework, case studies, group work, 2 supervised lactation visits, and a final exam.

2022

Full Spectrum Birthworker

2021

Requirements included Seven week biweekly training (14 sessions) with Ancient Song Doula Service in Brooklyn, NY, Infant CPR, bodyfeeding training and certification, HIPAA certification, social justice book reports, and 5 supervised births.

Childbirth Educator

May 2021

Requirements included submitting teaching demos for feedback and writing a full childbirth ed curriculum, plus 12 week training with Cornerstone, by Nickie & Juli Tilsner and community leaders covering anatomy, trauma-informed care, HAES, comfort measures, advocacy & more.

VBAC Doula

2020

Self-paced program through the VBAC Link on supporting trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) for those desiring a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

Masters, Education

Dominican University

2013

Bachelors

Wellesley College, Developmental Psychology & Art History

2011

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Additional Trainings & Courses

Spinning Babies Workshop

Balance the body and use gravity during labor 2022

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 2021

Divine Birth Wisdom

Grandma's Hands: Pregnancy and Postpartum Herbs in the Southern Tradition 2021

Chicago Women's Health Center

Abortion Companion Training, Loss Companion Training 2021

Evidence Based Birth

Big Babies; Due Dates; Advanced Maternal Age 2020

Institute for Birth, Breath & Death

Holding Space for Infant & Pregnancy Loss 2020

Earthseed Holistic

Plant Magic 2020

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