I have been passionate about birth, its power and mystery, since the first homebirth I attended at age 19. Over the next several years I was honored to help my friends during their births, albeit without title, training, or a well-defined role, just an open heart and willing hands to offer support. After many years, during which I trained and worked as a massage therapist and somatic educator, and became a mother myself, I began to dream of births. Within 6 months I attended a DONA International doula training and once again began to support women as they journey to motherhood.
I am also a perpetual student and continually seek additional training and knowledge in order to expand my own awareness and skills for living a full and balanced life, and to develop tools that will enhance my capacity to serve women and their families, particularly in the child-bearing year. * see below
I moved to North Carolina so that my 5 year old daughter could attend the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill. I was pregnant with my second daughter and began an immediate search for a homebirth midwife who would provide care. I quickly found two of the most important communities of my life, both of which continue to nurture my soul to this day.
I love to sing and do so with the Bodies, Voices and Spirit chorus; we sing and dance for the joy of it. I am also a member of Threshold Singer; we sing at the bedside of those who are dying.
I love the beauty of this earth and am continually grateful for Sarah Duke Gardens in Durham, a mile from my house and a gift to me and our community. It’s a great place to walk when you’re pregnant and ready for the baby to come or with your children as they grow. Maybe I’ll see you there!