Services Offered: Belly Casting, Breastfeeding Support, Labor Support, Waterbirth Support
Certifications: Certified Labor Doula
Location: Denver CO United States
I have been a doula and birth photographer since 2008, and also make birth art mandalas as a fine artist and paint pregnant bellies as a henna artist. I live in Denver with my husband Paul and six beautiful, amazing children.
With my first daughter I became a mother. It was the most intense, heart-wrenching, earth shattering kind of love I could imagine. My second daughter’s birth shaped me into the advocate and activist I am today and put me on the path to becoming a doula. Her water birth at the birth center was so incredible that I realized I had to be a part of the birth world for the rest of my life! I want every woman to experience the same nurturing, supportive, empowering birth that I did that day. This passion for birth led me to choose a home birth for our third daughter Seren. It was the the most peaceful, blissful, perfect experience of my life! Ushering her sweet spirit earthside inspired me to create The Mandala Journey, my birth artwork.
BIRTH WILL CHANGE YOU TO THE CORE
Birth will change your life, there’s no way around it! It is the most intimate, personal experience a woman and family can go through. With that said, it can be a positive and empowering experience, a scary and lonely one, or anything in between. I am passionate about providing good, evidence based information and support during pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum.
A PROMISE TO MY CLIENTS
Although I have my own birth preferences, I will never push an agenda with you beyond providing you with materials to help you make an informed decision. I will attend medicated and unmedicated births, vaginal or cesarean or VBAC, at the hospital, birthing center, or home.
It is my firm belief that women should have the right to make informed decisions about their care without being bullied by anyone. It is not my birth, it’s yours and I want it to be as empowering and amazing as it can be as defined by you, not by me or anyone else. I believe that women are the experts on themselves and have instinctual knowledge of their body and their baby.
Besides the personal experience of birthing my daughters I also have professional experience with:
Birth center birth
Cesarean birth after cesarean
Hypnosis for pain relief (both HypnoBabies and HypnoBirthing)
Baby born in the caul (with the bag of waters still intact)
True knot in the cord
Using positions to turn malpositioned babies using techniques described in Spinning Babies and the Miles Circuit
Using a rebozo (Mexican woven scarf) for comfort and encouraging optimal fetal positioning
Induction for medical reasons
Family centered cesarean
OBs, Midwives (both CNMs and CPMs), and Family Practice doctors
Medicated and unmedicated births
Pain relief for back labor
Clients using nitrous for relief during labor I am involved with ICAN and am the Consumer Advocate for the Colorado Midwives Association.