I attended my first birth when I was 20 years old. I will admit I was totally overwhelmed by the birth process at that age and stage in my life, and I never would have considered becoming a doula then. Fast forward a few years to the next birth I attended, and this time things were different. I felt in total awe of this mama warrior who spent literally days and nights working so hard to bring her baby safely into the world. And such a lucky time for me, as she chose to invite me in. She let me see her totally vulnerable, exhausted, emotional, overwhelmed self, and she let me help her. She leaned on me, she hugged me, she cried, she asked me for help, and I gave her everything I could. And in return, she let me be by her side when her son emerged into the world and took his very first breaths. That’s a day I’ll never forget. That’s the day that made me want to be a doula.
The more I learn about childbirth, the more I find it fascinating, awe-inspiring, and an incredibly significant moment in a birthing person’s life. I’ve heard people say that the only important outcome of childbirth is a healthy baby. While I agree that this is the most important outcome of childbirth, I believe our culture doesn’t readily acknowledge that for a birthing person, the process of giving birth and how you feel about that process is also important. The birth of a child and the birth of a parent is a sacred event. I consider it an honor to receive an invitation to attend a birth. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and
I’m happy to meet and support all types of families.
I have experience with both birth centers and hospitals, families conceiving with IUI/IVF, high risk moms, over 40 moms, LGBTQ+ families, surrogacy, planned and unplanned cesareans, inductions, and both medicated and unmedicated births. I’ve attended many continuing education seminars and trainings in topics such as breastfeeding, acupressure and massage for pregnancy and birth, nutrition for pregnancy and postpartum, and perinatal loss. I’m certified in CPR and First Aid for both adults and children, and I’m a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. I also have experience with induced lactation.
I’m a Portland native and have lived in or around Portland most of my life. I love to travel, but something about Portland always draws me back. Prior to becoming a doula, I received a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Music, worked on a cruise boat, in a book store, in a restaurant, taught outdoor school, and then for 10 years I worked at OMSI in sales and registration. In my spare time, I enjoy baking pies, singing in a choir, cooking, gardening, reading, hiking, and visiting farmer’s markets. I have never given birth myself and will never, as I had a hysterectomy due to cervical cancer. While this was not how I imagined my life playing out, I do believe it gives me a unique opportunity to bring unbiased care to other women as they labor and birth. My husband and I were still able to have a son, by gestational surrogate.