Greetings! I certified as a Labor Doula at Birthingway in 2016. The more I learn about childbirth, the more I find it fascinating, awe-inspiring, and an incredibly significant moment in a woman’s life. I’ve often 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 woman, the process of giving birth and how she feels about that process is also important. I would like to be able to assist birthing women in that process, with the hope that I can help them to feel positive about and in control of their process.
The birth of a child and the birth of a mother is a sacred event. I consider it an honor to receive an invitation to attend a birth. Upon receiving such an invitation, I provide continuity of care including 1-2 prenatal visits, labor, birth and 1-2 postpartum visits. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and I’m happy to meet and support all types of families. I live in SE Portland and am willing to travel within the Portland and Vancouver metro areas. I’ve had experience with both birth centers and hospitals, families conceiving with IUI and IVF, high risk moms, over 40 moms, LGBTQ families, surrogacy, planned and unplanned cesareans, and both medicated and unmedicated births.
I’m a Portland native and have lived in or around Portland most of my life. I’ve traveled quite a bit, but something about Portland always draws me back. In my spare time, I enjoy baking pies, 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 a few years ago. While this was not how I imagined my life playing out, I do believe it gives me a unique opportunity to bring unbiased care and assistance to other women as they labor and give birth. Despite this, my husband and I were still able to have a family, via gestational surrogate (so I know a little something about alternative families). My son is two years old, and being with my husband and my son is my absolute favorite way to spend time!