Hello, and thank you so much for visiting! I am so excited that you’re considering having a labor doula at your birth.
As your labor doula, I will do everything I can to support you emotionally, physically, and informationally before, during, and after your birth. When we meet for the first time, we will focus on your vision for your birth experience; I know this will be one of the most important episodes of your life, and I want you to come away feeling strong, beautiful, empowered, and confident. The decisions you make during this time will among be your first parenting decisions, and it is impossible for them to be “wrong” as long as you feel that they are right for you!* My role is to support you as you make them according to the biodynamic model. This means I intend to protect and help facilitate the beautiful flow and balance of hormones that characterize the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods, while also individualizing my assistance to your personal goals and visions for your birth.
In our prenatal visits, I will support you in creating a plan that outlines these goals and visions. If you prefer to approach the birth without a plan, that’s wonderful too. In either case, we will talk about how to hold space for what you imagine while being flexible enough to flow gracefully with whatever happens. We will talk about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally as the birth approaches, and cover a variety of ways to maximize your wellbeing and comfort before, during, and after you deliver your baby.
I am a Portland native, and am so grateful that I get to call this beautiful part of the world home. I fell in love with birth work after attending the birth of my nephew and studying women’s health as a Gender Studies major in college. When I’m not doula-ing, I work as studio manager at Sellwood Yoga, where I practice regularly, teach yoga for children and families, and am preparing to begin my teacher training. I live in the Sellwood neighborhood with my wife, dog, and two cats, and in my free time I love reading, writing, hiking, and being silly with my five nieces and nephews.
*As far as I’m concerned, choosing to parent, place a child for adoption, or terminate a pregnancy all constitute wise, loving, and courageous parenting decisions. I am happy to discuss any options you may be considering, and I support and celebrate all family constellations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or partnership status.
Serving the greater Portland area and surroundings.
- 1-3 prenatal visits, depending on when we connect with one another
- On-call availability two weeks before and after your estimated due date
- Continuous labor support until 1-2 hours postpartum
- 1-2 postpartum visits
- Spanish language skills
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