Who I Am
Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a journey YOU are on!
I'm a certified labor doula on the path to becoming a licensed and certified professional midwife and certified nurse midwife.
During my midwifery education I decided to embark on my own separate journey of becoming a doula. I believe doulas create an intimate and enriching environment and support system for women and partners during pregnancy and childbirth. A doula becomes an instrument of information, allowing for transparency and clarity during sometimes overwhelming moments of decision making and emotional processing. I understand that pregnancy and birth is an often a joyous time, while simultaneously anxious and transformative. This rings true not only in your life, but also for your partner and other members of your family. Thus, I understand the need to feel safe, secure, heard, and supported is vital. I work hard to ensure you and any partner you have present during your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum feel understood and supported.
The training I've received at Birthingway College of Midwifery has gifted me with a great deal of educational experience in natural childbirth. As a doula in hospital settings, I work very hard for my clients who are desiring a pharmacological unmedicated birth (no epidural or other pain medications). I understand the natural rhythm of the body in labor, and I try my best to provide a safe, comfortable environment in which you can labor and birth your baby naturally. I find this work deeply satisfying. Please contact me with questions on how to be supported during your natural delivery.
I'm passionate about supporting high risk mothers, mothers who desire pain medication, and planned induction births. Pregnancy and birth are intense moments in a woman's life. Being supported when your body is in pain or acting in abnormal ways, can make a sometimes traumatic experience a more manageable and memorable experience. Doula's are needed in these situations.
As a doula, I encourage the opening up of oneself during the sensitive time of childbearing. I have been present for enough births to understand that sometimes deeper questions of life become very present during and after the birth of one's child. The fear of being enough, of having enough love, guidance, and wisdom to engage in the task of birthing and then raising a child is very real to some. Other women experience moments of utter bliss and wonder that stirs a need for validation and a safe space to ask questions related to motherhood, spirit, and life. I find it incredibly fulfilling to be of support during the soulful experience of becoming a mother and parent, and to honor the underlying energy that moves through ones body to birth their baby into being.
Birth is an antidote to the fear based questions of life. I believe strongly in the idea that the same energy works through all women during childbirth. I also believe that it is that unifying life-giving force that can become a key aspect in breaking down barriers between opposing communities, cultures, and religions, aiding in the opportunity to see that all babies and families are a part of the human journey and that all deserve to be loved and respected.
I've worked at Alma Midwifery Center in SE Portland and currently work as a student midwife at Andaluz Waterbirth Center in SW Portland. I feel that my education at Birthingway College of Midwifery, here in Portland has provided me with ample knowledge in how to compassionately and thoroughly support mothers and partnerships in birth,.
Please contact me at (503) 808-0377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting with you.
Blessings to you on your journey!