ICEA-Certified Birth Doula
Prenatal Yoga Instructor
My decision to become a doula and childbirth educator grew from the birth of my daughter in 1999. The event, though long and full of challenges, was empowering and made me reevaluate my chosen vocation and train to become a childbirth educator, doula, and yoga instructor. My philosophy is that for the vast majority of women, birth works best when supported with patience and left to follow its own path with as little intervention as possible. By sharing information, providing encouragement and supporting their choices, I help women feel respected and listened to so they can look back on labor and birth as a positive and empowering experience. I have worked with more than 500 families as a birth doula.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My decision to become a birth doula grew from my personal experience birthing three children and from my professional life counseling women through their transition to motherhood. I believe that there is no one right way to give birth, only a way that is right for you. But there is no question that the birth experience has a profound impact on mother, baby and family. As a doula I provide you with the emotional and physical support necessary to help make that experience a meaningful one. I currently facilitate postpartum support groups at Blossom Birth Services and I have a private psychotherapy practice in Menlo Park. I have worked with more than 400 families as a birth doula.
Certified Birth Doula
My passion for birth began after having completely different birthing experiences during the births of my two daughters. During my first birth, I felt like an observer and with my second I felt connected to my decisions, empowered, and involved every step of the way, which personally, created such a positive birth experience for me. These experiences, coupled with having supported family and friends with their births, ignited my passion for birth work.
I became a certified birth doula and have completed various postpartum and lactation training courses. I am familiar with Spinning Babies’ techniques, mindful birthing, and basic hypnobirthing practices. I have found so much joy in witnessing the creation of new life and watching the transformation that occurs when a birth giver is connected to their own birth decisions and provided with unconditional non-judgmental support. I take pride in my ability to hold space for birthing families, to provide valuable information to make informed decisions, and educate support person(s) on comfort measures.
I believe there are as many ways to give birth as there are birth givers in the world, and that a doula’s role is to encourage one’s distinct birthing style while facilitating a calm space for families. On a personal note, I have been a Probation Officer for over 20 years, which has provided me with invaluable experience working with various populations utilizing trauma informed care techniques. I also enjoy exploring the country on my motorcycle, spending time with my daughters and practicing yoga.
Birth Doula, Lactation Peer Counselor and Educator, Childbirth Educator
**I have retired from birth doula work as of Fall 2022 However, I am still working with PBC in an administrative role and providing breastfeeding support when needed.
Women need a safe emotional harbor to participate fully in the transformative power of birth. I help hold the space where families can experience and honor birth, whatever that experience may be for them. I became a doula in 2003 as a result of the life-changing experiences of birthing my two sons with doulas to support me. I am dedicated to journeying alongside parents-to-be as they take part in birth as a rite of passage. I have additional training as a lactation peer counselor and educator with the Nursing Mothers Counsel, where I have volunteered since 2000 and have trained as a childbirth educator through Birth Works. I taught breastfeeding at Blossom Birth Services for many years. I have supported more than 200 families during labor, delivery, and immediate postpartum.