I’ve been a self-proclaimed birth nerd since becoming pregnant with my first son, almost twelve years ago. I devoured anything and everything pregnancy and birth related I could get my hands on and my husband and I took Bradley Method childbirth classes. I became amazed at all that our bodies can do when the normal process of birth is respected and supported. I went on to birth my first son in a free-standing birth center, under the care of midwives, and my next three children, at home in what were the most amazing and empowering experiences of my life. Early on in this process, I realized I wanted to support other birthing people and their families as they navigate all their options and birth in the way that’s right for them.
To that end, I trained as a Full Circle Doula with the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (now, Shafia Monroe Consulting) in 2016 and I’m currently working toward certification. I am trained and certified in CPR and recently trained with Yiska Obadia in comforting touch for birth. I find that my strengths lie in simply holding space for each mama and family’s birth process and the life-giving work that they do, connecting families with the resources and information they need to make truly informed decisions around birth, and in providing support, relief, and love through comforting touch, during the prenatal, birthing, and post-partum periods. In the not-too-distant future, I plan to add lactation support, childbirth education, and herbalism to my doula bag of tricks. When I’m not attending births, you can usually find me being a foodie all over the DMV, taking a yoga or dance class, or curled up on the couch with my oldest bingeing something Sci-fi.