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, at the American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS) and with an HIV Peer Doula Program and am looking forward to working with more non-profit organizations in Detroit and surrounding areas. I also teach DONA Birth Doula trainings in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I am also a 2003 graduate of the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. I have a private massage practice in Ypsilanti Michigan.
In 2017 I became the Doula Program Director of the Michigan Doula Prison Initiative. The Michigan Prison Doula Initiative is a nonprofit organization that offers non-medical pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support to individuals affected by imprisonment. Our Vision is "humanity in childbirth behind bars and beyond".
Outside of Birth Work
I am mother to Sam and Ella-Rose. My partner and I have a little urban homestead in Ypsilanti near Depot Town. We tap maple trees, have a good sized garden, tend to our bees. 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 4 chickens, 2 bunnies, 3 dogs, a cat, our indoor fish and outdoor fish. We love working on projects for ourselves and friends and making things. I love to cook, kayak, hike and generally just be outdoors.
I like to put my degree in Fine Arts to use making small sculptures and jewelry. I have a workshop in my house that I love to tuck away in when there is free time.
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.