I believe through all transitions in life, no matter how big or how small, positive support is vital for optimal change. Support can be quantifiable and tangible. However it can seem so subtle most outside observers do not notice its impact. But in our bodies, minds and hearts the impact is palpable.
I came to this work of supporting families through the birth of my son in 2001. I took my first doula training in Ann Arbor Michigan that same year and began attending births. I became a certified childbirth educator in 2005. In 2006 I attended a DONA Postpartum Doula training. I worked with the Center for the Childbearing year teaching childbirth education, newborn infant care and DONA Birth Doula Trainings 2005-2011. I worked with Doulas Care in Ann Arbor in 2011-2014. Over the years I have also worked as a home birth midwife assistant. Two friends and I published a zine about childbirth called The Birth Project 2005-2010. I am Rebozo certified.
I now teach DONA Birth Doula Trainings in Ypsilanti. I have also taught DONA Birth Doula Trainings in Detroit for the CHASS Clinic, FOCUSHope, and with an HIV Peer Doula Program and am looking forward to working with more non-profit organizations in Detroit. I have been asked to head up to the Michigan Upper Peninsula to return for the second year to teach a DONA Birth Doula Training which is very exciting. Over the years I have also worked as a home birth midwife assistant. I am Rebozo certified.
In a desire to expand my practice I attended the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, graduating in 2003. I have a private massage practice in Ypsilanti Michigan.
Outside of Birth Work
My partner and I have a little urban homestead in Ypsilanti near Depot Town. I am mother to Sam and Ella-Rose. We tap maple trees and plant our garden in the spring. We love to preserve fruits and vegetables (my annual favorite is dandelion jelly) all summer and into the fall. Year round we tend to our 5 chickens, 2 bunnies, 2 dogs, a cat, our indoor fish and outdoor fish. We love working on projects in the garage and making things. I love to cook as I find it therapeutic.
I like to put my degree in Fine Arts to use making things out of found objects. I also have made jewelry for many years (www.etsy.com/shop/Starcage) I have a workshop in my house that I love to tuck away in when there is free time.
Health is important to us too so we work out regularly. I ran my first half marathon in 2012. I hope to do that again! We would love to do adventure races someday.
We are usually busy with the day to day of life - coaching softball, coaching Girls on the Run, chaperoning field trips, taking kids to events and lessons and loving family.