I believe in the internal wisdom of us women – we know what our bodies need and what to do with them. As a doula, I will assist you in honing your ear to that wisdom to ensure a birthing experience that aligns with your hopes, goals, and values.
I look forward to learning about your thoughts, preconceptions, and fears around birth so that I can tailor my support to you exactly. What stories have we been told about birth? When you envision your birth, what do you see? A big part of assuaging fear is knowledge. I can provide the physiological backdrop so you have a better understanding of what’s happening in your body now and what will be happening when that baby wants out.
Together, we’ll build a “plan” of sorts – what positions, words, music, touch, breathing exercises work for you to keep you calm and mindful during this beautiful transition our bodies were made to perform.
What I bring to the table is skillful adaptation – if you need to dance to some hip hop to get through this contraction, I’m two-stepping right there with you. If you’re feeling lost and frantic, I’m offering new positions, providing comforting touch, acting as a liaison between you and medical staff, and guiding you through affirmations and breath back, back to your body.
There is no one right way to be pregnant, to labor, to give birth, to feel postpartum. You are in the driver’s seat and I, your steady co-pilot. I provide non-judgmental, celebratory, dynamic support based on how you feel now and how you’ll feel in 10 minutes.
I work full-time at Green Zebra Grocery, a local health food store doing Human Resources and Operations. In addition to work, I am currently applying to graduate programs in Social Work, where I hope to specialize in working with women in the perinatal period.
I’m a Portland native, have a degree in English literature, am a long time student of yoga and dance.
Hablo español, y me encantaría trabajar con familias hispanohablantes.