I was raised in a family that values knowledge about one's body, and holds birth in high regard. The first birth I attended was my little brother's, when I was nearly three years old (shown in the photo above). As long as I can remember, I have been drawn to advocacy and support in the realms of reproductive health and justice.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA. My studies there focused on the overlaps between gender studies, social work, and public health. I moved to Minneapolis in 2001 and have worked in a number of social justice and health advocacy positions.
In 2004, I completed my DONA (Doulas of North America) Birth Doula training and started down this path which continues to bring me much joy. I enjoy working with all types of families, including gay/lesbian parents, transgender/gender queer parents, single parents, and teenagers. I work full time in public health, specifically infectious disease. In addition to working with private clients, I coordinate a doula program called The Ilythia Project, a volunteer based program which serves HIV positive pregnant people. I am an active member of the Childbirth Collective, and the SPIRAL Collective, and highly value the tight knit and well-trained birth community I have the privilege to be a part of.
I believe that every person deserves to have their birth wishes supported, and to have access to the knowledge and care to help them achieve those goals. I work to help expectant parents understand their own concerns and hopes surrounding this big life change and support them in their journey, without judgment or pushing any personal agenda.
I live in Minneapolis with my husband, and our two rambunctious little boys- both born with the support and care of a doula. When my busy life affords me some time, I love to read and cook and have dance parties with my family.
Recent continuing education:
- All About Lactation
- Waterbirth Certification with Barbara Harper
- Hypnobirthing for Birth Doulas
- Supporting LGBTQ Families during Preconception, Birth, and Postpartum