My own births showed me how the transformation of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum can feel.
Guiding and holding families in their own unique birthing has come from experience, perspective, and time. I’ve been on a doula path since 2014. Starting that journey gathered up a lot of different threads for me – working as a biologist, fascination with how humans and the world work, building community after traveling and feeling rootless, experiencing vulnerability and growth and feeling what it feels like to have support, and to be without it. Every step teaches something new. In this time, I’ve supported more than 100 births, before and during the pandemic, and many additional families in pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
How does doula care look for you? Birth and new parenting take you into new territory. Each time is different and full of every human emotion. As a doula, I affirm your family and the meaning of your birth. As a doula, I walk with you, learning your needs and helping to guide with compassion, comfort, and calm. I help you sort through information, emotions, and sensations, to find your best and most easeful way forward. The world is full of voices telling you how you should feel and what you should do. Supporting your self-determination, vision, agency, confidence and resilience is at the heart of my practice as a doula.
Please be in touch to talk more about the ways I have supported families like yours, in hospital, birth center and home births, unmedicated and medicated labors, VBAC, planned cesarean, medical complexity, multiples, pregnancy after assisted reproduction, and on journeys with loss or grief – in Missoula, the Bitterroot, and surrounding parts of Western Montana.
Birth work is the best learning environment, but I also value continuing education and engaging with community. I maintain certifications with DONA International (birth & postpartum doula), ICEA (childbirth education), and TALPP (lactation counseling), and have dived deeply in to perinatal mental health (PSI), holding space for loss (Institute for Birth, Breath, and Death), guided self-inquiry through art (Birthing From Within), creating comfort and ease in pregnancy and birth (Spinning Babies), and the foundations of family-centered evidence-based care (Evidence Based Birth).