About Me

I am in my 40s and came to doula work after a dance and performing career and the birth of my son in 2000. The support that I received during pregnancy, birth and postpartum was essential to my growth as a young mother, and I was inspired to be there for others making the journey through pregnancy and into parenthood. I went through the Labor Support Course to become a birth doula at Seattle Midwifery School (SMS) in 2001.

After training I went through apprenticeships and worked to become a certified birth doula through PALS Doulas and DONA International. I returned to SMS the next year to become a postpartum doula. I have extensive training and experience in breastfeeding support: In 2005 I completed the Breastfeeding Educator Course at SMS and taught breastfeeding classes through Big Belly Services from 2006-2010.

I am active in the Seattle doula community and I regularly attend meetings and trainings on current birthing, breastfeeding and postpartum issues. I am also very involved in social justice work within the larger perinatal community and my personal life, and began this work as one of the Co-Directors of PALS Doulas. I am especially interested and invested in using my privilege as an experienced and established doula to assist and support people from underserved communities (i.e. people of color, queer and/or trans* individuals) towards work in the perinatal fields and am currently an active mentor for others in the community. Please reach out to me if you are seeking mentoring or support towards your goals as a birth doula.  As a 9 year Board member of PALS, I managed their Certification program for 3 years as well.  I am also pleased to support low-income families as a Birth Services Doula for Open Arms Perinatal Services.

Since 2001 I have been a birth doula to nearly 600 families. I have attended births at all Seattle-area hospitals, and “doulaed” at many birth centers and home births.  Of all the hats I wear in the birthing community, Birth Doula is the closest to my heart.

When not attending births, I enjoy spending time with my teenager Gilton, my husband Christopher and our dogs Boris, Natasha and Benny in our West Seattle home.  I love gardening, singing and bouldering, and hold a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts.  I practiced yoga for over a decade, and I taught prenatal and postnatal yoga classes at local studios in ’02 and ’03.  I have worked with Social Justice Fund NW as a two time member of the Gender Justice Giving Project.

I also enjoy traveling and learning about cultures different from mine. In 2005 I traveled to Thailand to work as a doula and breastfeeding educator at the Mae Tao Clinic on the border of Burma. Alongside the local Karen medics, I attended dozens of births and assisted with breastfeeding in this very rural clinic that at times had no water. We served Burmese families who had at most times walked miles to cross the border for healthcare.

As a doula I support all types of families and enjoy learning about people and their history. My families describe me as calm, confident and knowledgeable. I respect the birth process and I also respect each person’s individual journey through pregnancy.