Photo credit: One Tree Photography
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 birth doula services, I am a childbirth educator with the Parent Trust/Great Starts organization in Seattle. I have a passion for photography and am a certified birth photographer through Birth Becomes You.
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 especially love working with immigrants, people of "advanced maternal age," and people hoping for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I feel grateful to have experienced a doula in my own birth experience, and so grateful to now extend that service to other parents.
Every birth is completely different and special in its own way. I am happy to support laboring people and their partners wherever they choose to birth; 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.
As a photographer, I want to show the power in birth, the resilience of birthing people, and the intensity of love at each birth. To me, birth photography is a form of love and a seeking of truth. It is a way to memorialize the love in those first moments of a family.
I am a lover of social justice and am committed to making my work as equitable as possible. This requires lifelong self-reflection and an open heart towards change and improvement.
My Training and Certifications
My youngest child, only a few days old.
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
When Survivors Give Birth, Seattle 2021
VBAC Link Advanced Doula Training, 2021
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
- Certification from Birth Becomes You - Fall 2020
- The Essence of Birth, Birth Becomes You, 2020
- Volunteer birth doula, St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, WA 2019-present
- Nurture Northwest, parent mentor, 2020-2022
- ESL teacher & Vocational assistance, Vashon Resettlement Committee, Vashon Island, 2017-2018