Pregnancy and birth can be a highlight of a woman’s life. Planning for and giving birth is about much more than eliminating pain. As an experienced certified doula, an internationally certified childbirth educator, La Leche League Leader, student midwife, EMT, director of Health Imperatives- Nantucket, and mother of two I will support to you give birth without fear and parent with confidence.
My career path has been long, winding, and scenic. I knew after the birth of my daughter in 1998 what I wanted to do. After becoming a mother I was eager to support women in their transition to motherhood. I joined and then became certified with La Leche League as a leader in 2001. I went on to become an internationally certified childbirth educator (ICCE) in 2007 through ICEA, a certified birth doula CD(DONA) in 2009, certified in Neonatal Resuscitation in 2009, and an EMT (B) in 2012. Currently I am a student midwife working on my associates of midwifery degree through the MEAC accredited National College of Midwifery. I am currently offering midwifery care as a primary student under the supervision of Audra Karp CPM. In addition I travel to work at birth centers in Utah. I have been teaching childbirth education classes privately and at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital since 2007. I have studied with Birthing From Within, Spinning Babies, Mindful Birthing, and Sacred Pregnancy in order to offer women options in prenatal education and labor support. I am the director of a local non-profit that offers sexual and reproductive health services to all genders, WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) nutritional support, and Young Parents support services.
Throughout my education and work, my greatest teachers have been the women I have served. I know that every woman’s situation is unique. Each woman has a personal past that influences the decisions she makes. The balance in her relationship with her partner influences choices they make together for the baby. I honor and respect the important roles of the mother and her partner and I work to educate and support each family’s unique vision of birth and parenting. Giving birth in the 21 century means making informed decisions based on knowledge of alternatives. Modern women must rediscover and trust that giving birth is an innate capability. We must also be mindful that birth is also about the baby’s journey to earth. Birth should be protected, honored, and celebrated.
I am constantly updating my services and searching for better ways to serve island families. Please feel free to contact me. I would love to talk to you about your pregnancy, plans for labor, and help you learn how to be a confident parent to your baby.