My Professional Journey

I am a traditional birth and postpartum doula providing holistic support to individuals and families across the lower Hudson Valley, southern Connecticut, and the greater New York City area. My path to birth work was inspired by supporting many close friends and family during their labor and delivery experiences. 

After  attending the birth of my very dear friend in 2015, I went on to take my first birth training with DONA International and later, my postpartum training with La Matrona. In search of community and ways to build my skillset as a Doula, I joined Manhattan Birth's Mentorship program in 2016. During my 18 months of mentorship, I had the opportunity to study and commune with other incredibly knowledgeable birth works, receive invaluable mentoring, participate in healing circles, and work alongside home birth Midwives. This allowed me to expand my services to meet the needs of more individuals and families with unique birth plans and stories. It was these formative experiences that guided me during my early and ongoing training, informing my current approach as a birth worker. 

 

In the great artist, Erykah Badu's words: "a Doula is a conductor of peace." It is with that spirit, that I choose to serve my clients. Leading with attentiveness and a calm presence, my goal is to wholeheartedly center each client family and provide applicable support. I often provide this support through information, healing through nourishment, placenta encapsulation, baby-caretaking, emotional work and physical aid throughout labor. ​

As I continue to journey through this work, my belief in the immense power of having a positive labor, birth and postpartum experience and its long-lasting impact on the birthing person, child, family and birthing person's community is constantly affirmed.

Introduction to Childbirth and Postpartum Care

  • DONA International Birth Doula Training facilitated by Rina Crane

  • Postpartum Doula Training

  • La Matrona: Homeopathy - Whapio Diane Bartlett

  • La Matrona: Holistic Postpartum - Tending to the Postpartum Psyche led by Whapio Diane Bartlett

  • Comforting Touch for Babies, Birth and Postpartum Support taught by Yiska Obadia 

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Families led by Morgane Richardson

  • Birth From The Earth: HomeBirth Assistant Training Series facilitated by Nubia Earth Martin, CM

  • Neonatal Resuscitation taught by Karen Strange, CPM

  • Manhattan Birth: Infant/Toddler/Adult CPR facilitated by Tanya Wills, CNM

  • Manhattan Birth: Basic Life Support facilitated by Tanya Wills, CNM

  • Holistic Newborn Care

  • Manhattan Birth: Lactation Basics for Doulas led by Tanya Wills, CNM

  • Manhattan Birth: Lactation Case Studies led by Tanya Wills, CNM

  • Manhattan Birth: Walking with Whitney 0-6 months, taught by Whitney Burke 

  • Moon Arts Placenta Alchemy: M.A.P.A. Placenta Encapsulation taught by Grace Roman

  • Manhattan Birth Advanced Doula Training Certification facilitated by Tanya Wills, CNM

  • Benkung Belly-binding taught by Sangeet Raj Kaur

Trainings and Certifications

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