After supporting a dear friend through the labor and birth of her first child, I got what is affectionately referred to as “the birth bug.” I was deeply moved by and drawn to the process of labor and birth and decided to explore this world. I became a certified birth doula in 1998 and shortly thereafter enrolled in the midwifery program at Birthingway College of Midwifery. After completing three years of midwifery education and apprenticeship, I came to the realization that I was less interested in the medical side of birth and more drawn to the emotional and psychological support. It was a tough decision, but in the end I returned to my doula work where I could focus entirely on offering this support (for more information on my doula services, please go to portlandlabordoula.com). After several years of attending births and getting to know its joys, challenges, and transformations, my interest in the psychological aspects of birth blossomed and that’s when I decided to pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with the intention of offering counseling to birth workers and to people who are pregnant, postpartum, or recovering from a difficult or traumatic birth experience. Since completing my master’s degree in 2008, I’ve worked in private practice as both a counselor and a doula. I’ve now attended 500 births in the Portland area and love the rich and rewarding balance that these two careers bring to my life. I also love teaching and regularly teach the “Labor Doula Workshop” and “Perinatal Psychology For Midwives” at Birthingway College. I also offer a monthly mentoring drop-in group for developing doulas in the Portland area.
2008 MA in Marriage & Family Therapy, Northcentral University
2005 Two-Year Certificate in Process-Oriented Psychology, Process Work Institute
2003 Midwifery Program, Birthingway College of Midwifery
1999 BA in English Literature, Lewis & Clark College
1998 Birth Doula Certification, Birthingway College of Midwifery
If you’re interested in any of my services and want to see if working together is a good fit, please reach out. I offer in-person, telephone, and skype sessions depending on your location and preference. If you would like to briefly connect on the phone to get a feel for my style, ask questions, and discuss your hopes and goals for working together, I’m happy to set up at free 15 minute phone call.
I work with doulas of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations,
gender identities, spiritual beliefs, and physical abilities.