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Hello!

Congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming birth! I would be delighted to talk with you about massage and doula services, whichever is your need. 

I have been providing licensed massage to clients since 1997 and doula services since 2002. I have been honored to serve over 750 birthing families and an additional 500 massage clients. I currently only serve clients in Seattle proper and a few points south.
 
I invite you to browse my site to discover why I might be the best doula for you. As you browse, you’ll find that I am a Jane-of-many-trades as I also teach childbirth education classes, human anatomy (including cadaver lab), have a background in counseling, and am the creator and producer of a delightfully funny comedy show, The Mama-logues: a comedy about motherhood, an annual fundraiser for Open Arms Perinatal Services and WestSide Baby.
 
I welcome clients from all backgrounds and have experience serving LGBTQQ families, and others, who are utilizing ART to grow their families.

My Philosophy & how I got here

I believe how we bring our children into the world matters. Birth ends, but parenting goes on for the rest of your life. My desire is for all birthing families to begin their parenting journey having had a supportive, empowering, bonding experience with their baby and each other. I know from my own experience as a parent that the ability to look back at your birth experience and say “I was strong, I made great decisions for my family, I was heard,” can serve as a touchstone for all your future parenting experiences.

My first experience assisting a laboring mother was in 1991, quite by accident. I was young and training to be a counselor. This birth experience was immensely impactful on me. It was the first time I saw anyone in a truly primal, all-body state. This birth and the amazing time I spent with the mother in the months that followed led me to realize that I needed to learn how to be in my own body so that I could help others do the same. I also learned that ultimately I wanted to work with birthing people and their families.

My work as a doula allows me to draw from a wide variety of skills I have accrued in both my formal trainings as well as experiences with each of the birthing families with whom I have worked. My knowledge of anatomy, how to listen deeply, where to touch and how –  all of these help me to be a better doula. I love my work and feel very fortunate to be able to do something that I believe truly makes the world a better place.

The parents and families who have allowed me the honor of attending them through birth will tell you that I am compassionate, supportive, insightful, reliable, knowledgeable, funny and easy to be with. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I may assist you in your journey to parenthood!

Up close and personal…

Behind every doula is a supportive team maintaining the home-front. I am fortunate enough to have my wonderful husband Derek and our three energetic, red-headed boys (born in 2001, 2004 and 2009) on my team. We also have two sweet dogs and a flock of chickens, all of who that are happy to hear the news when I arrive home from a birth in the middle of the night. After living in Seattle for 20 years, we took a brief hiatus in northern California, but returned to our beloved NW June of 2016. My boys count themselves among the rare Seattle natives and have been know to complain about the sunshine. Look how clean and mannered my family is in this photo! This NEVER happens! Thanks to Lisa Baird of elizabethbairdphotography.com for engineering this small miracle.

Beyond my family, I have lots of other interests. I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to learning new things and trying out craft projects. I am an avid reader, yarn-crafter, animal-lover, gardener and I can make most anything out of duct tape. I am officially a Funny Mother as the creator and producer of an annual fundraiser, The Mama-logues: a comedy about motherhood. Along with 4,000 other people, I am proud to have Seattle’s favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, as my friend on Facebook and I should mention here that I may need a 12-step group to help me with my NPR habit.

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Credentials

Education & Training

  • Birth Doula Trainer – DONA International, 2016

  • Childbirth Educator Training – Seattle Midwifery School, 2008, Great Starts Certification 2008

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage – Kate Jordan Seminars, 2004, certification 2004

  • Birth Doula Training – Seattle Midwifery School, 2002, PALS Doulas certification 2006, DONA certification 2013

  • Integrative Practices Program – Leadership Institute of Seattle, 1999

  • Massage Practitioner Training – Brenneke School of Massage, 1997, licensed 1997

  • MA, Guidance and Counseling – Bowling Green State University, 1993, registered counselor WA State 1995

  • BA English & 2ndary Education – Fitchburg State University, 1991, teacher certification 1991
     

Work Experience

  • 2017 to present- Birth Doula Skills Workshop Instructor, Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

  • 2013 to 2016 – Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA

  • 2010 to present – Childbirth Educator, Great Starts/Parent Trust for Washington Families, Seattle, WA

  • 2010 to present – Instructor of Anatomy, Pregnancy Massage and Cadaver Anatomy, Discovery Point School of Massage, Seattle, WA

  • 2009 to 2012 – Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2003 to present – Private Practice Birth Doula, Seattle, WA & Sonoma County, CA

  • 2002 to present – Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA

  • 1998-2008 – Instructor of Prenatal Massage, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Professional Boundaries and Ethics and Massage, Brenneke School of Massage, Seattle, WA

  • 1997 to present – Private Practice Licensed Massage Practitioner, Seattle, WA & Sonoma County, CA
     

Volunteer Experience

  • DONA SPAR WA State – DONA International

  • 2017 DONA Virtual Conference Speaker Coordinator – DONA International

  • Birth Doula Certification Reviewer – DONA International

  • Creator and Producer – The Mama-logues: a comedy about motherhood, (CAUTION – mature themes and strong language but really fun!)

  • Roots of Empathy Model Family (with my son Eben) – Lafayette Elementary School

  • Group Facilitator – PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) Seattle

  • Postpartum Support International – Warm line volunteer

  • Mom-to-Mom – Mom support volunteer, Jewish Family Services

  • Patient Educator/Advocate – Center for Choice

  • Patient Advocate – Aradia Women’s Health

  • AIDS Hotline volunteer – NW Aids Foundation
     

Presentations

  • Building a Better Birth Plan: Helping Clients Clarify Values in Childbirth

  • Doubter, Believers, and Choices…Oh My! Teaching Medical Decision Making, Lamaze 2012

  • Childbirth Preparation

  • Touch Techniques for Birth Professionals

  • Human Cadaver Lab for the Curious

  • Ethics and Boundaries for Touch Professionals

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Awareness Wheel as a Tool for Self-Discovery