Besides the years of doula work, I directed a local parenting center on Mercer Island where I gained exposure to some of the leading minds in the fields of infant mental health and parenting. In 2011, I spent two months practicing midwifery in a busy hospital in the south pacific, where I developed a passion for international midwifery work. I have a specialized training and certification in newborn observation and assessment from the Brazelton Institute of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I am a Certified Lactation Educator and Listening Mothers facilitator. I love my work–offering guidance to local moms as they work through their pregnancies and early mothering, and I love babies! I lecture at birthy conferences, for midwifery students and conferences, and guest-lecture at local high schools.
I have followed my passion for building community around expecting and new families and opened the Essential Birth & Family Center, and welcome you to join me for one of our great programs or groups.
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I was born and raised in Seattle and am now raising my own family here. I have a daughter who just finished her second year in college, and my youngest son is in the 10th grade. I’ve been married for twenty-one years and we have a lovely little dog who likes to watch me type.
I am a writer and author with several articles in midwifery related journals and magazines, and have been the guest author for Dr. Christiane Northrup’s mother’s day edition of her monthly newsletter in 2009 and 2011 and her radio show in 2013. My colleague Jane E. Drichta and I have written a book, The Essential Homebirth Guide, for families planning or considering a homebirth (Simon and Schuster, 2/12/13). I am a regular contributor to our local South Seattle blog.
Outside of the birth world I enjoy time with my family, swimming, boxing, camping and hiking, and reading historical novels. I can often be found on the bleachers at any-local-gym, cheering on my son as he plays basketball. I love walking at Alki, especially in the rain (good Seattle Woman that I am!)