As a doula, I am committed to helping you identify the birth you desire, and supporting you in achieving your best birth.
I believe that every woman has an individualized ideal birth, and no two births will look alike. I support each woman in her birth choices- whether natural, medically managed, or a scheduled cesarean birth. I attend home, birth center, and hospital births.
I provide one prenatal meeting, individualized childbirth preparation, assist in birth planning, provide local resources, attend and support your birth, and provide a postpartum visit within 72 hours of the birth. A doula does not provide any medical care (blood pressure checks, vaginal exams, or "baby catching"), nor do I make medical decisions for you.
I have an undergraduate degree in general psychology, and a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. My graduate work research was regarding birth trauma, the first hour, attachment styles and post partum mood disorders.
I am currently in the process of certifying through Birth Arts International.
I have also completed training in:
Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Postpartum Mood Disorders: Best Practices
REACHE: Helping expectant parents understand evidence-based care.
BAI: Birth doula skills workshop
New Horizons in Lactation (2016 and 2017)
Bastyr trained Lactation Educator - Feb/2017
Bastyr trained Childbirth Educator (Oct 2017)
BAI - Grief and loss during pregnancy (Nov 2017)
I am thrilled to be working with Island Birth Association in planning this years OH Baby - Whidbey Island Birth and Baby Fair.