I became interested in birth work prior to giving birth to my daughter in 2011. I hired a doula for her birth as I had no family in New York and just felt I wanted to have a woman support my birth along with my husband. In hiring a doula I added to my birth support team someone with a lot of experience in birth both personally and professionally. It was really wonderful to have that continual support at at home and hospital as I labored, delivered and met my daughter. Just having a doula there with me was so reassuring. I wound up having a fantastic birth and feeling truly empowered. I then had another baby, a son, two years later. For some reason I foolishly decided I didn't need to hire a doula for his birth. While I was in labor I realized my misstep. We went to the hospital and even though we had preregistered my husband still had to leave labor and delivery to sign off on more paperwork. I was left in the hall 7 centimeters dilated and sure I would die. Ha ha!! If I had had a doula there with me I am sure she would have told me I was in the state I was in because I was so close to delivery. Despite my uncertainty in that moment everything went well. I once again had a fantastic birth, but I just know it would have been great to have had that extra support my doula provided.
Since going through pregnancy, birth and new motherhood I have become a birth addict. I often marvel how amazing we women are who grow humans in our bodies and bring them into the world through birth!! My hope is that I can provide the kind of loving support to families that my doula provided me. It really makes for a great entry into parenthood.
In my free time I enjoy baking, knitting, going to yoga and training at the gym. I live in New York City with my husband, two children, a dog and two rabbits.
I am a DONA trained birth doula. I hold current certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED. I am a certified and registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance at the 500hr level. I am also a certified lactation counselor and have additionally trained in Thai yoga bodywork and Spinning Babies.