After college, I worked with teens and medically fragile children and their families, supporting them in transition. Transitions can be more challenging when we don’t have emotional support and access to resources. As my own family grew, I realized people need support at this time, too. I became involved in more aspects of the birth community to increase my knowledge in education, evidence and support. I have been dreaming of an inclusive space where people find support, learn from each other and are free to be who they are. One of my trainings was in Rochester, NY where I spent time at Beautiful Birth Choices. A space that had many similarities to what my vision has been! I was at another training in Seattle, WA where I met Mariah and learned she has parallel views! We started meeting and planning together to bring our visions to reality.
On top of birth and postpartum work, I get to watch my two kids begin their adulting (oh my, do I like to spend time with, listen to and learn from these remarkable humans) and be with my rocking life partner (he is so encouraging). I love our family camping trips, being with friends and family, learning something everyday, and having a cup of tea at home to recharge.
I am certified as a Childbirth Educator through Great Starts and Lamaze. I am also a certified Postpartum Doula and an Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer through DONA International. I recently became a Certified Lactation Educator with Evergreen Perinatal Education.
Many have heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We believe it to be true and want to take a step back to include, it takes a village to create, birth, and parent a child. Our pocket of the world does not always have the village. We want to bring the village back to our community through support for, and from families.