I support parents and help them feel informed and confident in their decisions as they begin their journey or add an additional baby.
I am a trained professional who has assisted hundreds of Seattle area families during the critical period after the birth of their baby, offering educational, emotional and practical support. I received my education through the DONA International approved Postpartum Doula course at Bastyr University's Simkin Center in 2007 and am certified through the Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS).
My goal is to help families have a smoother transition to parenthood by being a calm, knowledgable, and non-judgmental presence and by encouraging new parents to listen to their inner wisdom. I also connect parents to community resources that will help them gain the support that they need for a richer experience.
Being invited into your home to help care for your family during this special time is an honor to me. Caring for and nurturing newborns is one of the best benefits of my job, but even more than that I enjoy watching new parents learn to care for their newborns and become self-assured in their new roles.
In addition to being a doula, I have worked as a Newborn Group Facilitator for PEPS/Program for Early Parent Support since 2009. I also served at the PEPS GLBTQ Supplemental Group Leader for a year.
My own journey to parenthood began when my son was born in 2007. In 2010, my daughter came into our family. As a mother, I understand personally how challenging it can be to adjust to a new baby and the life changes that they bring to parents, whether they are your first or subsequent child.
Member of and Certified by NAPS
Infant/Child/Adult CPR certified
NW Doula Conference 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Breastfeeding Help Beyond the Hospital Stay (2014)
GLBTQ Cultural Competency Training (2013)
The Normal Newborn class (2013)
Breastfeeding 201: What Doulas Need to Know (2013)
Placenta Encapsulation with Carrie Kenner (2012)
Working with People Who Have Experienced Birth-Related Trauma with Penny Simkin (2012)
Volunteered at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine observing and participating with patient care (2012)
Postpartum Nutrition and Doula Cooking Training (2011)
DONA International 2008 Conference
La Leche League Professional Breastfeeding Conference (2008, 2011)
Postpartum Support International of WA Conference 2007
Ongoing training through NAPS, PALS and other organizations