the truth is:
I believe that nurturing mothers is the single most important work in our culture. ___________________________________________________________________
As part of research for my master's degree, I worked with many women during pregnancy and the postpartum time.
I'm grateful to these women who shared their life stories and their hopes and dreams for their babies and families. They showed great strength in difficult times. Through them I saw how pregnancy can be a time of amazing personal transformation, and I saw how much better women did when they had support.
So I became a doula and I currently serve women during and after their pregnancy in these geographical locations: Western MA and the Pioneer Valley including Northampton, Amherst, Westfield, Springfield, and Greenfield MA.
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) training and certification:
Labor doula - 2007
Postpartum doula -2007
Childbirth educator - 2008
Master's in Anthropology - UMASS - 2007
Thai Yoga Bodywork for pregnancy and postpartum - Lotus Palm Institute in Montreal - 2007
Yoga Teacher Training with Mama Nirvana's New Yoga - 2011
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Pranakriya at Kripalu - 2011
I have worked with over fifty families as their labor doula. My experience includes VBAC support, cesarean support, support for natural births and homebirths. As a postpartum doula I have worked with over forty families, including several families with twins.
I travel throughout the Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts from Springfield to Greenfield and many towns in between--Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Southampton, Westfield, Huntington and more. I have attended births at Mercy Medical Center; Baystate Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hosital, The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
In partnership with Baystate Midwifery and Women's Health and the Green River Doula Network, I coordinated the Baystate Green River Doula Project, supporting at-risk women during labor and birth for several years.
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association www.cappa.net
Green River Doula Network, Inc. www.greenriverdoulas.org
Yoga Alliance www.yogaalliance.org