Growing up I was always fascinated with pregnancy and babies. In fact in school when asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always said a mom! I was 9 when my younger brother was born and I remember watching my mothers belly swell and the excitement I felt when she went into labor. That feeling has always stuck with me.
Eventually, my husband and I, welcomed our own daughter in April 2005. Never had I felt as powerful and capable as I did in that moment. I delivered a posterior baby who weighed over 9lbs naturally and I felt on top of the world! Then in 2007 I was able to attend a friends birth as a support person. It was the most beautiful, amazing and unforgettable experience I had ever had! I knew I wanted to attend more births and help women in the journey of motherhood.
I believe that birth is a sacred journey from a woman to a mother. I believe a woman's body is perfectly designed and capable of giving birth and with the right people to support her, can feel very empowering! I often hear moms say they didn't feel like their voice was heard when giving birth or that they didn't feel supported.
I am there to help the woman see her potential and help her to trust her body. I am there to help the partner feel comfortable in supporting mom. I am there to share my own experiences of what birth can be like and give support so moms don't feel alone and can find their inner strength and voice in their birth experience.
- Certified Birth Doula, DONA International
- Acupressure Workshop for Birth Professionals, ACNM
- Collaborative Practice Training, OHSU
- Massage for Labor & Birth
- Volunteer doula with PDX Doulas at OHSU