Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula | Prenatal Yoga Instructor
I’ve been a mother longer than just about any other identity I can claim in this life. At the tender age of 15, I birthed my first child and mothered her right into the arms of an adoptive couple. Love and grief in motherhood are so inextricably linked. She was my first lesson. The gift of her life and the magnitude of that loss planted a seed in me that would grow into one of my greatest gifts; a deep and expansive compassion for those who grieve and a sense of connectedness to the shadow side of life. I went on to bring four more children into the world over the span of two decades. Each of my children uniquely and specifically shaped me and taught me how to be their mother.
My call to become a doula came 18 years ago when my younger sister asked me to be her birth companion during her labor. Even though I had experienced birth myself, being in the seat of witnessing and holding space for the power and vulnerability of a birthing person was utterly awe-inspiring, and inwardly transformative. I felt a calling. Life with little ones in a military family derailed my doula training aspirations at the time, but whenever a friend or family member asked for birth support, I would show up. And I learned something profound from every birthing family I had the privilege of supporting. In many ways, each of those experiences helped shape me into the doula I am today.
I’ve been a certified yoga teacher since 2006. While training to teach prenatal yoga many years ago, I felt my desire to support womxn during big life transitions really crystalize as a deeper purpose. It set me on a path to finally pursue training as a professional birth and postpartum doula with an emphasis on supporting the full spectrum of reproductive health outcomes. To walk alongside families in the seasons of blossoming, healing or grieving (and sometimes all three) is my deepest passion and greatest honor. I have been gratefully serving our community in this sacred work since early 2017 when I joined Bergen and Julie during a period of their own growth and transition. I adore both of these women and the gifts that they bring to our wider community. It’s a joy to do this work alongside beloved friends.
I share a home in downtown Frederick with my husband, our spirited kindergartner, my daughter and bonus son, plus three rescue mutts and two noisy cats. Life gets a little cozier and a little more chaotic when my two oldest are home from college, but that’s when my heart is full. When I’m not doula-ing, I’m often catching up on a backlog of on online courses, toiling away on a few writing projects or spending time with family and a small circle of spectacular friends. As a true introvert, snugging up on the couch with my nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand is my happiest place.