The birth of my son in 2002 was my personal introduction into the world of birth. After he was born, I sought the company of other new moms for support, guidance, and connection. As was a way to assist my own transition into parenting plus create connection among a larger, often isolated community, I created and hosted Tots and Tonic, a happy hour for new moms to meet and talk with baby in tow. In talking to so many women during this period, I realized how much the many caregivers involved in the birthing process shape the experience. This encouraged me to train as a labor support doula and to support other families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
After my daughter was born in 2006, I wanted to play a larger part in educating families around birth. I began offering postpartum services to my clients, trained as a childbirth educator through CEA/MNY, and received certification in childbirth education through Lamaze International. In the years since, I have had the privilege of teaching at RealBirth and Inwood House, a maternity residence for pregnant teens. I am also a co-facilitator for Choices in Childbirth’s "All About Birth: Workshops for Expecting Parents" and have also participated in the NYC Doula Collective as a mentor from its inception.
In 2010, I joined the homebirth practice of Community Midwifery as a birth assistant. I have traveled the 5 boroughs watching babies be born safely at home and assisting the parents immediately afterwards.
Independently, I teach two childbirth classes a month, one specifically designed to meet the needs of homebirth couples and one designed to meet the needs of families birthing in hospitals or birthcenters. I see my work as a privilege and I feel honored to participate in this transformational time in so many families’ lives.
In 2013 I was accepted to SUNY Downstate’s Midwifery program in Brooklyn, NY. I graduated in 2016 and passed my midwifery boards to become a Certified Midwife in New York State. Beyond working, I enjoy photography and spending time with my husband and beautiful, often rambunctious children. I am a swimming enthusiast and I am setting my sights on some exciting open water swims this year.
To work with me or for more information, contact me.