Through doula work, I’ve learned that little things can make a big difference. I’ve learned the value of listening and maintaining a space with a calm and centered presence. I’ve learned the power of deep breaths, grounding touch or a cool washcloth. I’ve had the joy of watching people prove to themselves that they. can. do. this. I’ve seen partners’ confidence grow as they support their laboring loved ones. And I’ve seen the ripple effects that positive birth and postpartum experience have for growing families.
As a doula, my intention is to support with listening and sensitivity. I don’t believe there is any ‘right’ way to give birth. My goal is to provide care and guidance that honors the journey of each unique birth, and it's a privilege to stand with my clients in their time of transformation.
I came to doula work at a time of tender transition in my own life. I was leaving a career as a professional dancer, a world that I’d known for most of my life, and I was looking for a path that prioritized connection. Throughout my fast paced dance career I was impassioned by reproductive rights, and maintained a fascination with birth. In 2015, I decided it was time to focus on birth work.
In the spring of 2015, I attended a DONA birth doula training. As a new self-proclaimed birth nerd, I was eager to learn more. So, in the fall of 2015, I attended the Warm Welcome Birth Services birth doula training which was powerful and transformative, and I began my career as a doula shortly after.
As of the fall of 2017, I've had the privilege of serving families at Cooley Dickenson Hospital, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center as well as Homebirths. I'm currently taking prerequisites in preparation for midwifery school.