I am a Birth Doula very excited to be joining RVMM and all that it encompasses.
I have a special place in my heart for working with young/teen single birthing parents. I also have personal experience with autism and anxiety and would love to support you through this journey if this is part of your story. I hold tight to the belief that all families deserve and should have access to birthing support, no matter the conditions that surround them.
I do this work because it is absolutely my passion. I love the 2am calls, I connect with every birth, feeling the individuality of the moment. I don’t believe our ability to grow in this practice is ever over and that I can learn from each and every birthing person that chooses to have me support them.
At home, I am thankful to have 3 young men ages 15 to 21. Their stories are long and complicated, but autism and anxiety and medical issues have surrounded our world for many years and I have grown and learned from these amazing humans who have taught me how to parent and love unconditionally, especially through the tough times. We have lived in Kent/Black Diamond throughout their childhood. We love to camp and play games and just laugh together.
I became a birth professional ten years ago after working in the food service industry, social services, with school aged children and at risk youth. Pregnancy and parenting a newborn transformed my life. I was drawn to the maternal nature of each birth professional I encountered while pregnant. To be in the hands of an experienced birth doula, a retired nurse who was my childbirth educator, a well-seasoned Midwife and read the inspirational works of Ina May Gaskin and Sheila Kitzinger, laid the tracks for motherhood and an informal mentorship in becoming a postpartum doula.
In 2010, I did formal training to be a postpartum doula at the Simkin Center of Bastyr University. Since then I have kept training in all subjects pertaining to the field of newborns, such as sleep cycles, maternal health, postpartum mood disorder and anxiety, PTSD, breastfeeding, relationship changes after baby, childbirth education, serving GBLTQ families, cultural competency and more. I have taught cooking classes to doulas about lactogenic foods and served approximately 130 families and counting. In 2016 I trained as a CNA, certified nursing assistant and while I stayed cooking for families and occasionally working with newborns, my focus changed to the other side of the life spectrum. As a Home Care Assistant, I worked with people who were physically or cognitively disabled in their homes and at an assisted living facility. I trained to be a Nurse Delegate, someone able to dispense medication under an RN's license and trained to be an effective in working with person's living with Alzheimer’s Dementia and Mental Health Issues. Feeding families is by far my favorite tool of health care, preventative or for tackling chronic disease.
I am grateful for the privilege to serve families at a time of transition, as people become parents welcoming a newborn or additional child or as people make end of life changes. This array of knowledge & experience is what bring to parents, newborns and everyone in my care.