I am a Certified Birth Doula (DONA, PALS) and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator as well as a DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer serving the Seattle area. In September 2011, I was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. I am also lucky enough to be a trainer for Passion for Birth, a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Training Program. I have been working professionally in the world of birth and labor support and childbirth education since January, 2004, though I attended my first doula birth in 2001.
I have received Doula training from Seattle Midwifery School, and completed my childbirth education training there as well. I am an instructor at Bastyr University at the Simkin Center and have been teaching the Birth Doula Skills Workshop since July 2006. As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I teach childbirth education, coping with labor pain, breastfeeding, newborn care, refresher and VBAC classes for New Moon Birth, as well as for other local independent childbirth educators.
I am very active in the birth community, and participate in many birth related organizations. I serve on the board of REACHE and am past Board President, (Regional Association of Childbirth Educators of Puget Sound) and served four years on the Board of Directors of PALS Doulas. I am a co-leader of the Seattle ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) Chapter.
I participate and present at advanced doula trainings, international birth and childbirth education conferences, and local birth groups so that I can continue to remain up to date on current birth practices and evidence based research that will support my doula and childbirth education clients. I have taught advanced doula trainings on VBACs and have been chosen to speak on non-pharmacological pain coping techniques at the 2009 Lamaze International Conference in Orlando, FL. I also spoke at the 2010 Lamaze/ICEA joint conference in October, on Teaching VBAC classes. I am also a guest lecturer at the University of Washington. I will be speaking at the DONA International conference in July, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. I am the community manager for Lamaze International’s Science & Sensibility blog.
My hope as a doula and childbirth educator is to give women a starting point for learning about the power and process of birth and the ability to advocate for themselves before, during and after the birth process. I provide emotional, physical and informational support throughout your pregnancy, while you birth and in the postpartum period.
On a personal note, I am the mom to two fantastic daughters and live in Ballard, with my family, and a lovely golden retriever named Katie!
Please contact me by email or phone, 206.465.1052, so that we may discuss having a doula at your birth, my current class offerings or how I can help you customize a birth education program for your schedule and needs.