As your doula, I will guide you (and your partner) through all of your options, helping you to tap into the strength of your body and trust your intuitive voice. Together, we will develop a clear vision for your birth experience. I work to create a calm, nonjudgmental environment where you feel cared for, so that even if things don’t go as planned, you will know all your options and feel supported at all times.
My hope, as your birth doula, is to be a source of support that empowers you to be brave and at peace during childbirth.
I draw on my knowledge, experience and intuition to provide a wide range of care from emotional support and holding space, to suggestions for labor progress and relaxation such as visualization, acupressure, aromatherapy, hot/cold therapy and movement.
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, M.A.; The Ohio State University, 2011 | English, Literary Studies. B.A.; Otterbein University 2008
Doula Trainings International | Birth Arts International | Full Spectrum Doula Skills Support | Lactation Education | Las Manos Magicas Rebozo for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond | Bengkung Belly Binding | Acupressure for Birth Professionals | LGBTQ Birth Project CBE | Fifth Vital Sign Facilitator Training | Sex & Birth Training CBI | ISEE Training & Supervision (Sexuality & Wellness)
Full Spectrum Doula 2012— | Lactation Consultant 2012— | Gender & Cultural Diversity Corporate Trainer 2018— | Sexual Health & Wellness Educator 2009— |Lecturer, Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University 2009-2019 | Lecturer, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Houston 20015-2018
My journey to become a doula began seven years ago with my third pregnancy and the successful home birth of my daughter. For the first time, I had an experienced doula by my side (during a 19-hour labor!), and the emotional and physical support made a huge impact on me.
Transformed by this experience, I decided to become a doula full-time after many years of teaching in higher education, where I earned a M.A. in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!). Since then, I continue to create and facilitate workshops, trainings and private classes on childbirth education, newborn care, fertility, gender, reproductive justice, women & leadership and sexual wellness to diverse groups in the Houston community.
My passion for doula-ing could not happen without the support and love of my family!