I am a recent transplant to Austin after living on the west coast for 8 years, but I was born in Houston and am a Texas girl at heart! I live on the north side of the city with my husband Henry. In my free time I love playing with my dog Sadie and watching old movies.
I was first drawn to this work in college – I was studying the history of medicine at the time, and looking for some way I could write about women and their relationship to the medical industry, so I decided to focus my thesis on the history of childbirth in the United States. This was a transformative time in my life, and I became completely wrapped up in the world of birth. In my research, I read so many accounts of women feeling uninformed and like they didn’t have any agency in their birth or postpartum healing process. I felt a strong call to turn my academic passion into my life's work, and decided to become a doula. I want to help women understand that there is no right or wrong way to have a baby – it is truly an individual process, and the most important thing is that they understand their options.
My goal in postpartum is to help support mothers and families in the precious early postpartum weeks. In other cultures this period was one where the new mother was pampered and encouraged to take this transition slowly. She was supported so that she could process the experience of her birth and get to know her new child without being overwhelmed by her own physical healing process and the weight of caring for an infant. It is a main value of mine to never impose any particular beliefs about childcare onto the new mom, but to support her so she can learn to hear her intuition and decide for herself. I'm currently working on getting certified as an IBCLC (lactation consultant) so that I have even more knowledge to help women in the postpartum period. I have extensive experience with twins.
My other passion in life is yoga. My approach to yoga as a teacher is using a relatively gentle physical practice with a focus on breath work, relaxation, and meditation. I believe yoga is a transformative healing tool. As your doula, you have the option of incorporating private yoga or meditation instruction into our time together. Yoga philosophy informs my outlook as a doula.
Certifications and Training:
-Postpartum Doula Training, Natural Resources
-200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification, Yoga Garden
-Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Garden
-Birth Doula Training, Birthingway College of Midwifery
-Adult, Child, and Infant CPR certification, Red Cross
-300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Garden
-Trauma informed Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Garden
-BA in History, Reed College