I'm an empath, meaning that I'm very sensitive to other people's emotions. This helped me connect with babies and children when I worked as a Pre-K teacher, child care provider, and with special needs children. Now I use that sensitivity to help parents feel more comfortable and confident, regardless of the situation.
While I breastfed my three children and work as a Breastfeeding Counselor, I'm going to support your parenting choices. Tell me your goals and priorities and together we'll make a plan to get you there.
I'm a healer. I love helping you weave the threads back together. Over the last 19 years, I've had the privilege of sharing this sacred time with over 150 families. I always seek the most natural and holistic care options first. (Especially when it comes to newborns!) But, there are times when conventional medicine works, too. I don't care if you're using disposable diapers, but if you want to know how to naturally treat plugged tear ducts, reflux, prickly heat, I'm your Doula.
I'm passionate about increasing postpartum awareness--our culture needs to recognize postpartum is a separate life transition. I'm happy to help, so please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
Photo by: Lakota
2003: Postpartum Doula Training
2004: Completed CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Completed VNA/WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Certification Worked as VNA/WIC Breastfeeding Counselor until 2006
2005: Botanicals and Breastfeeding Conference with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog
2007: American Baby CBE Conference Became Dar a Luz Network Leader (Non-Profit Pregnancy/Birth/Mothering Support Group) www.daraluznetwork.com
2008: La Leche League Conference (Sessions: Latch Assessment, Breast Milk Supply/Weight Gain, Non-Nutritive Sucking.) American Baby CBE Conference Talk Back Coordinator for Birth play by Karen Brody
2009: Vaccine Seminar La Leche League Conference (Sessions: Safe Sleep, Food Allergies, Self-Attachment, Late-Pre-Term & Ina May Gaskin on Breastfeeding) Dr. Nils Bergman Seminar (Kangaroo Care Expert focusing Neurological development & Skin-to-Skin contact) Breastfeeding Conference with Diana West and Diane Kissinger (Latch, Increasing Supply, Breast Surgery)
2010: Dr. Nils Bergman Conference at JSUMC (Neurological Development and how birth practices impact it)
2011: Ina May Gaskin Lecture La Leche League Conference ("Modern" Baby Training, Supporting Parental Relationships, Pumping/Returning to Work)
2012: La Leche League Conference (Latch, Medications and Breastfeeding, Nipples, Craniosacral Therapy)
2013: La Leche League Conference (OTC Medications & Breastfeeding, Infant Sleep, Slow Weight Gain) MOBC Conference (Optimizing Nutrition for High-Risk & Healthy Newborns)
2014: La Leche League Conference (Human Milk Components, Tongue-Tie, Sibling Harmony, Breastfeeding Dyad) MOBC Conference (Tongue-Tie, Social Media Breastfeeding Support)
2015: La Leche League Conference (Linda Smith, Reflux, Getting baby back to breast, safe sleep)
I also maintain CPR & Standard First Aid Certifications.