I was born into a large, baby-loving family. I am one of five children, aunt of thirteen wonderful beings, and mother of one beautiful, baby girl who was born in 2015. My own mother gave birth to me naturally with the support of midwives, which was much less common at that time and something she had to actively fight for. I learned from her at a very young age that birth and breastfeeding are beautiful, normal, healthy processes. Even though I was surrounded by a culture of fear around birth, I’m forever grateful that my mother helped protect these basic instincts within me. Little did I know the direction those instincts would take me in my adult years.

In January 2010 I started reading the collection of birth stories in Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin while finishing my graduate studies in counseling psychology. In those graduate years, I learned about the deep impact that parents have on their children’s psychological well-being and on who their children become as adults. When I came across Spiritual Midwifery and realized that I could support women while simultaneously helping their babies have the best start in life, my heart immediately opened and came alive. I found myself absorbed in the birth stories and energized by the raw beauty of birth. I saw themes of transformation, empowerment, solidarity, hope, and love in its purest form. And I wanted to be a part of it. Six months later, I attended the birth of a dear friend and haven’t looked back since.

As a doula, my desire is to help my clients find confidence within themselves and learn to trust (maybe for the first time) their bodies and their hearts. I invite my clients into a calm, warm, and honest space where they can discover their voice, their strength, and their unique capacity to give birth and be amazing parents. My favorite part of this work is to witness the immense courage that I see in my clients when they face their fears, no matter how big or small. That courage exists within all of us, and connecting with it can be life-changing for parents and the beautiful babies they bring into this world. It is truly my honor and joy to do this work.