Who I am.
I decided to become a doula as soon as I realized I could actually nurture people for a living! When I celebrated a significant birthday a few years back, I went into soul-searching overdrive; after many years in retail management and sales, I realized that the only parts of my job I truly loved were the parts that involved supporting my employees and being kind to people. A few months later, I had left my job behind and was beginning my doula training at Bastyr University. I trained as both a birth doula and as a postpartum doula. I am now honored to be able to support moms and their partners throughout their perinatal journey, helping them create beautiful and empowered memories of their births, and guiding them as they adjust to new parenthood; it is by far the best job I could imagine.
I myself am the mom of two grown-up boys, Gabriel and Milo. My own two birth stories taught me how important it is to have loving, nonjudgmental, and consistent support throughout labor and delivery and beyond. I grew up on a farm outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and in my free time, I am likely either doing a crossword puzzle or reading some riveting non-fiction while drinking tea, and may quite possibly be in a tent! I am currently serving on the Board of the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS) as Continuing Education Coordinator.
As of March 2017, I am one half of a doula partnership! After providing backup support for each other for some time, Emma Christensen of Beatha Wellness and I decided to become co-doulas. Between the two of us, we offer birth doula services, postpartum doula services, prenatal massage, reflexology, and classes for our clients. Our new name is Birth to Baby Northwest, and you can learn more about this exciting new venture here.