Photo credit: Karen Fuller
Every birth is completely different and special in its own way. I am happy to support laboring people and their partners in the hospital, at the birth center, or at home. It is my job as a doula to observe and honor each remarkable birth. I can assist in different comfort measures, provide resources, clarify communication between patient and provider, and most importantly, encourage birthing people to trust in themselves. It is my desire that everyone who wants a doula can have access to one, and experience a sustaining guidance that will give them confidence in their bodies and their role as parents.
My Training and Certifications
I had never heard of a doula before becoming pregnant with my first child at the age of 35. Someone suggested I hire one for my birth and I was incredibly grateful I listened to her. My doula was invaluable before, during, and after my birth. She was my guiding star during a long, difficult labor. She listened to me as I processed the birth story afterwards. She gently supported me as I transitioned to becoming a mother.
A good friend suggested that I might be well-suited for doula work myself because of my calm and compassionate nature. The idea thrilled me - I could not sleep the night after this suggestion entered my mind! The idea of helping other birthing persons pass through that magical threshold into parenthood was intoxicating.
After the birth of my three children, my fascination with everything birth related has only grown. Along with doula services, I am a childbirth educator with the Parent Trust/Great Starts organization in Seattle. I have a passion for photography and will complete my birth photographer certification training with Birth Becomes You in the fall of 2020. I am happy to provide private childbirth education and photography services at an additional cost.
It is my hope that my services will promote birthing people's sense of confidence and emotional well being going into birth and parenthood. I feel grateful to have experienced a doula in my own birth experience, and so grateful to now extend that service to other parents.
Photo credit: Lynn Hughes
Certification from PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support) - Seattle 2020
DONA Birth Doula Workshop, Bastyr University, Seattle 2018
Breastfeeding for Doulas, Bastyr University, Seattle 2018
Rebozo training, Big Belly Services, Seattle 2019
TENS unit training, Big Belly Services, Seattle 2019
Welcoming Black and Native Families Into Your Practice, Bastyr University, Seattle 2019
Perinatal Loss, Perinatal Support Washington, 2020
Welcoming & Supporting LGBTQ+ Families Through the Perinatal Period & Lactation, Bastyr University, 2020
Spinning Babies, Seattle 2020
Certification from Parent Trust for Washington Children/Great Starts - Spring 2020
Childbirth Educator Training, Parent Trust for Washington Children/Great Starts Organization, Seattle 2019.
Creative & Confident Virtual Teaching Workshops, August 2020
- The Essence of Birth, Birth Becomes You, 2020
- Volunteer birth doula, St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, WA 2019-present
- Nurture Seattle, parent mentor, 2020-present
- ESL teacher & Vocational assistance, Vashon Resettlement Committee, Vashon Island, 2017-2018