I am a birth doula, yoga teacher, childbirth educator, and mom. Having kids changed my life. All of sudden, I was a member of this amazing community of women - mothers! In 2013, I left healthcare research to transition to birth work full time. I feel so blessed to be able to work directly with families, and always honored to help however I can to help make this transformational time easy and blissful.
In 2013, I completed birth doula and childbirth educator training at Bastyr University and am a certified birth doula through DONA International. I certified as a CBE with Parent Trust for Washington Children, where I also teach. I have been teaching weekly prenatal and postnatal yoga classes for several years and absolutely love being able to work with moms throughout their entire pregnancies - and I love it when they return with their babies!!
I am thankful to have trained with such wonderful birth pioneers as Penny Simkin and Kim James. I'm very active with the greater Seattle birth community, especially the lovely doulas of the Eastside Doula Circle and Pacific Association of Labor Support (PALS).
My philosophy as a doula and educator is to help parents navigate the life-changing experience/transformation/ process of having a baby (or two or three!) so they can find a good birth - as they define it - and enjoy the postpartum period. I believe in nurturing families to support their autonomy and foster self-confidence.
In my free time, I hang out with my sweet boys (Liam and Everest - one day old in the photo at left!), hike, camp, garden, and read.
certifications & education
2016 Certified Childbirth Educator Great Starts
2015 Certified Birth Doula DONA International
2014 Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
2012 Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
2010 M.P.H. Epidemiology; Columbia University, New York, New York
2004 B.S. Biology; University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
April 2016 Spinning Babies: Optimal Fetal Positioning Spinning Babies' Gail Tully
May 2014 Childbirth Educator Training Bastyr University
Feb 2014 TENS Unit Workshop Big Belly Services
Feb 2014 Rebozo Skills Workshop Big Belly Services
Nov 2013 Birth Doula Training Bastyr University
memberships and volunteer work
2014 - present Pacific Association of Labor Support (PALS)
2014 - present DONA International (Certified Birth Doula)
2014 - present Eastside Doula Circle
2015 - present International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
2015 - present ❤H.E.A.R.T. Birth Professionals
2016 DONA International Conference Organizing Committee
2014 - 2015 UWMC Volunteer Doula
2015 Northwest Doula Conference Organizing Committee