What training do you have?
I am a Licensed Midwife, licensed by the Medical Board of California. I received my degree in Holistic Midwifery from the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. I am a DONA certified birth doula, certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, certified by the International Association of Infant Massage. I worked as a birth assistant at a local birth center and apprenticed with local midwives doing homebirths. I have attended hundreds of births and have experience at home, in the hospital and at birth centers. My Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers and Neonatal Resuscitation is always kept up to date. I am committed to my continuing education, attending classes, workshops and conferences that help keep me up to date on the latest research in the field. My passion for birth began in 2003 while pregnant with my first daughter.
Why did you decide to become an Doula & Midwife?
I have always been drawn to the amazing process of pregnancy and birth. Soon after becoming pregnant in 2003, I was hooked. Looking for any excuse to learn more about birth and be around this amazing experience. I felt so empowered by my births and believe every woman has that right. It is my goal to provide holistic, one-on-one care for women, empowering them and working with them to make informed decisions about their bodies and babies and helping families come together to create a safe and peaceful birth experience.
What is your philosophy about birth?
I strongly believe in the birthing mother's right to experience this rite of passage in a peaceful and loving environment. I believe a women's birth experience begins the moment she becomes pregnant. I believe the love and support she receives throughout the pregnancy is equally as important as the birth itself. I believe birth is as much of, if not more of an emotional process as it is a physical process. I believe a woman empowered by her own birth will take that confidence and let it make her an even greater mother than she could have imagined.
"Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body." - Ina May Gaskin
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