In addition to being certified doulas, we've trained in
midwifery, counseling, prenatal yoga, and childbirth education
all of which supplies our practice with a unique level of expertise
that we hope to share with you and your family.
Since 2010 I have lived and breathed pregnancy and birth, as a certified doula, childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher, and placenta specialist. I’ve been honored to provide doula services to over 200 families. I have advanced training in everything from Spinning Babies optimal fetal positioning and labor massage to trauma informed care, homeopathy and acupressure. I am committed to increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of doula care through training students, as a Co-Lead of the Mother Tree Doula Internship program.
The most empowering event of my life was the birth of my first child. The support and confidence we received from our amazing midwives and doula, the education we received in our childbirth classes, and the work we put into preparing for our baby's birth ignited in me a passion for pregnancy and childbirth that cannot be extinguished.
As your certified doula, I am honored to help you build and grow the strength, confidence and joy available to you through your birth experience. As your childbirth educator, my goals are to help you get the tools you need to make informed decisions (prenatally and during labor and birth) and to find ease and empowerment in your birth journey. As your placenta specialist, I am honored to support your postpartum period through the ancient art of placenta processing.
The joy I find in supporting parents like you through the journeys of pregnancy and parenthood is unparalleled.
I’ve enjoyed assisting families through the childbirth journey since obtaining my doula certification from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 1998. Since then, I’ve attended over 600 births in the Portland metro area, take great pleasure in working with expecting parents and growing families, and teach the Labor Doula Workshop and Perinatal Psychology courses at Birthingway College of Midwifery.
Shortly after becoming a certified doula, I pursued a career as a homebirth midwife and completed three years of midwifery training and apprenticeship. I now apply those years of specialized midwifery training to my doula practice and bring the knowledge and skills of a midwife and childbirth educator to my doula work.
In 2008, I completed an M.A. in psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, and since that time I’ve been working as a counselor in private practice. My experience as a counselor supplies my doula practice with a unique level of care and knowledge, and I have a special interest in counseling focused on the emotions, concerns, and transitions that arise during the childbearing year.
I’ve worked in all the hospitals in the Portland metro area, enjoy working collaboratively with hospital staff, and feel confident in my ability to successfully support a variety of labor and birth experiences including: natural childbirths, epidural assisted births, vaginal births after cesarean section (VBAC’s), water births, homebirths, and cesarean births.
Our Doula Philosophy
We believe in honoring the labor and birth experience as a transformative life event.
We believe there are as many ways to give birth as there are women in the world, and that a doula’s role is to encourage and unfold your distinct birthing style while offering complimentary suggestions and information.
We believe it’s a doula’s job to support and encourage the couple’s relationship before, during, and after the birth process so that their entry into parenthood is accompanied by a sense of teamwork and success.
We believe that every family is unique, and that a doula needs to understand and respect your family’s beliefs, preferences, communication styles, and coping techniques in order to provide you with the individualized care you deserve.
We believe that birth’s journey can sometimes be unpredictable and mysterious, and that a sense of openness, flexibility, and reverence may be needed.
We believe in informed consent and offer parents balanced information about the risks and benefits of procedures so that they can make well-informed decisions about what’s right for them.
We believe that all families deserve the additional support of a caring and knowledgeable birth doula, who will help them navigate the experience of labor and birth with greater ease and confidence.