Training & Education
I am a DONA-certified birth doula.
- CAPPA Childbirth Educator Training Workshop: Westford, MA, January 2013
- Doula Volunteer: Birthing Gently Program, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, September 2012-Present
- Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals Workshop: Motherfeeding, Newton, MA, May 2012
- DONA International Birth Doula Training Workshop: Manchester, NH, March 2012
- Master of Public Health: George Washington University, 2007
- B.S. in Psychology: University of Georgia, 2001
About Me & My Services
I provide mothers-to-be with continuous physical and emotional support, knowledge, and encouragement leading up to, during, and after the birth of their family. My goal is to empower mothers to discover their innate strength and birthing ability, whether they plan to labor with or without medication and other interventions. You can learn more about my services offered in the Services & Fees section. If you still have questions, please visit the FAQ section and feel free to contact me.
I am a work-at-home mother of two young girls, ages five and two years. I enjoy photography and organizing the objects in my house. I am a foodie, yogi nerd. We eat seasonally and locally as much as we can. I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat, and I spend much of my free time in search of the perfect recipes.
I have always been intrigued by the Ben Franklin idiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” which led me to pursue community-oriented primary care as my Master of Public Health focus. I had heard the term “doula” years ago in movies and my public health graduate school classes, but I used to think a doula was someone that only moms without partners or parents to help hired.
When I first learned that a doula can be hired to assist with any birth, and that hiring a doula is associated with less medical interventions and labor complications, I was fascinated to learn more. The more I learn about the field, the more enthusiastic I become about being a birth mentor. Our culture embraces mentors for other areas of our lives, such as education and in the work force, and I consider mentorship during birth to be an important way a mother can receive guidance without judgment or pressure. I hope you’ll consider hiring a doula to help give you a better birth experience.