I have always loved babies and children. My first job was babysitting. I took it quite seriously, taking a Red Cross sponsored course and bringing along a “kid kit” (now I have a “doula bag”). I have two children and two step children. I was blessed to be well supported during my births and to have the opportunity to support friends and others during their birth experiences. I have experienced pregnancy and infant loss personally, through friends and family and have seen the impact of having inadequate or well-intentioned, but inappropriate support.
My undergraduate training was in life sciences. After a stint in the corporate technology world, I began volunteering for Hospice. After supporting parents and a dear friend with ALS as they navigated the end of life, I returned to birth work. I am dedicated to supporting birth diversity, life-long learning, compassion and community building. I work for social and reproductive justice and welcome trans and gender non-conforming clients. I believe in giving back and supporting others and strive to learn and grow. I appreciate honest feedback because every person I work with can teach me something and deserves the opportunity to be heard.
Training & Certification
- DONA Certified Birth Doula
- Oregon Health Authority Birth Doula (Registration Number: THW000003670)
- SBD Birth and Bereavement Doula (in Training)
- Continuing education in birth support, lactation and postpartum support
- Member of the Community Doula Program and Evidence Based Birth
I love nature. In my spare time, I am an avid gardener, hiker, cyclist and paddler.
Birth springs from nature. Spring is a time of renewal. Spring water is healing. Water is fundamental to life.
“…every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.” — Lauralyn Curtis
“Life is eternal; it is a perpetual renewal of birth and growth.”— Emile Zola