My Philosophy and How I Got Here
I believe that how we bring our children into the world matters. Birth ends, but parenting goes on for the rest of your life. My desire is for all birthing families to begin their parenting journey having had a supportive, empowering, bonding experience with their baby and each other. I know from my own experience as a parent that the ability to look back at your birth experience and say “I was strong, I made great decisions for my family, I was heard,” can serve as a touchstone for all your future parenting experiences.
My first experience assisting a laboring mother was in 1991, quite by accident. I was young and training to be a counselor. This birth experience was immensely impactful on me. It was the first time I saw anyone in a truly primal, all-body state. This birth and the amazing time I spent with the mother in the months that followed led me to realize that I needed to learn how to be in my own body so that I could help others do the same. I also learned that ultimately I wanted to work with birthing people and their families.
My work as a doula allows me to draw from a wide variety of skills I have accrued in both my formal trainings as well as experiences with each of the birthing families with whom I have worked. My knowledge of anatomy, how to listen deeply, where to touch and how – all of these help me to be a better doula. I love my work and feel very fortunate to be able to do something that I believe truly makes the world a better place.
The parents and families who have allowed me the honor of attending them through birth will tell you that I am compassionate, supportive, insightful, reliable, knowledgeable, funny and easy to be with. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I may assist you in your journey to parenthood!
Up close and personal…
Behind every doula is a supportive team maintaining the home-front. I am fortunate enough to have my wonderful husband Derek and our three energetic, red-headed boys (born in 2001, 2004 and 2009) on my team. We also have two sweet dogs and a flock of chickens, all of who that are happy to hear the news when I arrive home from a birth in the middle of the night. After living in Seattle for 20 years, we took a brief hiatus in northern California, but returned to our beloved NW June of 2016. My boys count themselves among the rare Seattle natives and have been know to complain about the sunshine. Look how clean and mannered my family is in this photo! This NEVER happens! Thanks to Lisa Baird of elizabethbairdphotography.com for engineering this small miracle.
Beyond my family, I have lots of other interests. I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to learning new things and trying out craft projects. I am an avid reader, yarn-crafter, animal-lover, gardener and I can make most anything out of duct tape. I am officially a Funny Mother as the creator and producer of an annual fundraiser, The Mama-logues: a comedy about motherhood. Along with 4,000 other people, I am proud to have Seattle’s favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, as my friend on Facebook and I should mention here that I may need a 12-step group to help me with my NPR habit.