I grew up in a small town in Indiana. My mother is a nurse and breastfeeding advocate, instilling in me at a young age the beauty and benefits of breastfeeding. After graduating high school, I moved to California for college where I had the opportunity to travel and live abroad. These experiences were life-changing; opening my eyes to a diverse and interconnected world. After graduating, I moved to Georgia to teach English to refugees from Burma. I met two midwives who are mentors and dear friends to this day. My passion for women's health and empowerment took on a physical form as I began to attend prenatal appointments and labors with refugee mothers. Inside the homes of women from around the world, I learned about different customs surrounding birth and ultimately, the natural rite of passage it is for many women around the world. I believe pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a mother are transformative passages for women. As women, we are strong. But we also need to feel safe and supported and trusting of our intuition. I hope to honor a woman by encouraging what she already knows.
Birth is a powerfully transformative moment in the lives of mothers, partners, and their little ones. It has been one of the greatest priviledges of my life to witness and assist in this beautiful passage. My involvement with and love for birth, like Amber, began to grow when working with women coming to our country as refugees. These women were coming from cultures where the role of a doula is highly respected and holds as valuable a role as that of a physician.
These women framed and continue to shape my understanding of birth as a process for which women's bodies are perfectly crafted. I began to see that under most circumstances, when believed in and well-supported, women and their bodies know just what to do to bring their babies into the world. I began to see my role as bearing witness to the amazing work of a woman and her baby, taking and anticipating my cues from the work she is doing.
My goal always is to assist women, American and those newly arrived in our country, in realizing the birth they and their partners have hoped for. I want to encourage the truth that birth is a space women can move into with control, full support, and the deepest joy.