I am the mother of two children, a compassionate soul, and an avid explorer of thoughts, ideas, stories, places, and people. I aim to live my life with creativity, courage, and kindness and I cherish authenticity, connection and adventure. I try to embrace the chaos of life and find the treasures hiding in the depths. Other things to know about me: I am a homeschool parent and help run a local homeschool co-op and I also work for a local, sustainable farm at the Claremont Farmers Market. Some things I love: singing in my local community chorus, rollerskating, hiking, walking my dog, reading out loud to my kids, traveling, and cooking (or just eating) good food and drinking wine or cocktails with friends.
My Call to Birthwork
My calling to birthwork has spanned over many years and began long before the births of my own children. I first heard the calling to work with birth when I was 20 years old and training to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the training I encountered the concept of a “midwife” for the first time, and although I barely knew what it was, I was instantly intrigued. I imagined a midwife as a compassionate and empowering presence who walked alongside birthing people as they traversed the unknown path of labor and birth, and I had the immediate though that I was meant to be one. It seemed to be a calling that embraced my head, my heart, my hands, and my spirit. Ten years later, after working in urban farming and spending time traveling, I finally took steps toward this goal, attended a doula training, and began attending births.
The images that drew me to midwifery hold true for what I value as a doula and childbirth mentor. Being a compassionate guide and holding space for a person’s whole, authentic being continues to inspire me as a doula and a childbirth mentor. The work can be hard at times, both physically and emotionally, but I value being there through the difficult moments, the triumphant moments, and the powerful moments of welcoming new souls into the world.