“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.”
Birth Arts International
Let It Be Birth Training
Crossover Certification for Experienced Doulas 2017
Certified Doula as of 6/10/2018
Spinning Babies Workshop 2018
The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Birth Doula Skills Workshop 2015
Licensed Massage Therapist
Thai Postpartum Care "Yoo Fai"
Nephyr Jacobsen - The Naga Center, Portland, OR
Reiki Level I and II
Kriss Erickson - Rising Spirals Reiki
Cortiva Institute for Massage
Seattle, WA - 2010
I believe that birth is natural and normal. To have a supportive birth team can truly empower a mother in her ability to birth and her confidence in her own abilities.
I also believe that holding space for birth is important, and essential to helping the birthing family feel safe and comfortable.
Informed consent and decision making can go a long way in helping to contribute to a positive birth experience, and I strive to help my clients obtain the information they need to feel comfortable with their decisions.
Finally, there is no one right way to birth, and I adore assisting my clients in any way they feel I am needed (even ways they didn't know!).
My story begins with the birth of my son in 2015. His birth was such an amazing experience for me that I began to look into ways to be closer to the birthing community, including starting my own massage business where I could focus specifically on serving my dear prenatal clients.
The idea of being a doula didn't completely enter my mind until my best friend asked me to come to the birth of her second daughter (which happened to be at the same birth center I had my son!). I mostly was there to take pictures for her, but I ended up helping her through contractions and left feeling so exhilarated. I knew this was where I was meant to be -- helping other women through this amazing process of birth, supporting them and helping them achieve the best birth experience possible. The very next day I looked up birth doula training and within a month, attended the Birth Doula Skills Workshop at Bastyr University. Very shortly after that I booked my first client, and the rest is history!
In November of 2017, I took a workshop for experienced doulas to further my goal of certification. Happily, as of June 2018, I am now a certified doula with Birth Arts International!
Since beginning my journey into the birth world, I've supported women in over 30 different births (two from the same mother, twice!), and have assisted over 250 women in reducing their pregnancy aches and pains with prenatal massage.