My journey to becoming a birth professional has taken a roundabout course. It all started when I was 12 years old, and my mom was pregnant with my youngest brother. I was elated; I attended birthing classes as her support person and made it to as many doctors appointments as I could! We were all excited to meet our new addition, and I was thrilled that I was going to be allowed to be in the room for the birth. When little Sam made his appearance, I was given the honor of cutting the umbilical cord! The seeds that these experiences would plant followed me throughout my education and career, popping up as unexpected but welcome flowers along my journey.
After high school, I received my BS in Elementary Education, and went on to earn my MA in Counseling Psychology. Although it wasn't clear to me how I was going to help others, it was a consistent theme in all of my endeavors. I've always loved children and families of all kinds, which is what lead me to education and counseling. Throughout my schooling, I worked in early childhood education and always loved working with new families and helping them find solutions that fit their lives and incorporated their desires. One of my guiding principles is that each person and situation is unique, and that a one-size-fits-all solution is not likely to work in most cases. This has held true through my work in counseling and especially as a birth professional.
What finally led me to pursue my passion for birth work was my own pregnancy and birth experience. As amazing as it was to witness and experience a pregnancy and birth vicariously through my mother, experiencing it for myself was 100 times more incredible, and challenging, than I had ever anticipated. This is when I caught the birth-bug! I was so thankful for my childbirth education, and my labor support team (including my doula), and the midwives who attended my birth. It ignited a desire in me to help other families navigate this unique season of life, and dare I say, enjoy it!
My goal as a birth professional is to support you and your family throughout pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. What that looks like will likely be different for everyone, and that's what makes this such a fun profession! I want to be a source of emotional, physical and educational support, and to help you navigate the multifaceted world of birth. I look forward to hearing from you and finding out how I can be of service!