About Me

I live in beautiful Altadena, California with my husband and two children. Around the time of my daughter’s birth, I became a bit of a birth junkie. I took childbirth education classes, read countless books on childbirth and breastfeeding, and asked just about every mother I met about their birth experiences. What I heard and read upset me – that women were being given interventions just because it was hospital procedure and not because they were medically necessary, they were being induced or given c-sections for the doctor’s convenience, and that many couples didn’t know they had a choice and ended up feeling angry and betrayed by the medical community. This often marred what should have been one of the most joyful days of their lives.

I developed a passion to empower couples in birth and knew I wanted to do something in that field, since it’s a great thing when one’s passion and career is one in the same. I then had the opportunity to attend a friend’s birth as a doula and I was hooked. I decided that was the perfect path to follow, since it would allow me to support birthing couples and assist with breastfeeding (another passion of mine) and also to stay at home with my wonderful children, which has been one of the most rewarding, joyous, and tiring experiences of my life.

I am certified through DONA. I have attended an intensive DONA training course, took Bradley child birth classes (25+ hours) when I was pregnant, attended births with positive feedback from clients and doctors for certification, and have done extensive reading on pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding. I have also breastfed my own two children and assisted others with breastfeeding. I gave birth to my daughter in a hospital and was privileged to give birth to my son at home with midwives. Both were wonderful – yet very different birth experiences. As a doula, I feel privileged to join couples in that life-changing moment when their new child enters the world.

In my spare time, when not taking my kids to the park and library, working on homeschooling activities, having food flung at me by my son, and attending births, I enjoy hiking, reading, and going to the beach.