MEET THE MIDWIFE
I was trained in the hospital setting attaining a Masters in Science at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and I have attended births and provided prenatal, postpartum and sexual health care in the home setting, San Francisco General, Kaiser, UCSF, Lyon-Martin and Planned Parenthood.
I hold a master in public health (MPH) from Columbia University with a focus on sexual health and graduated phi beta kappa with degrees in politics and sociology from Brandeis University.
Before opening Birthing Adventures Midwifery, I worked as a birth and abortion doula in NYC, training with DONA (2010) and The Doula Project (2011). Additionally, I worked with By My Side Birth Support Program, a program of the New York City Department of Health, aiming to provide support to pregnant people living in the poorest zip codes in Brooklyn, a precursor to medicaid covering doula support in New York state.
In 2012 I became a certified lactation counselor (CLC), training with the Center for Breastfeeding and I specialize in working with parents’ who choose hypnobirthing as a modality to cope with the transition of carrying a life and ushering new ones earth side.
I have been attending births since 2010 and am honored to have supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.
I first became interested in childbirth while studying birth and death with Professor Maurie Stein in the Sociology department at Brandeis University. I was both awakened to the power birth holds and to the transformative experience it can be in our lives. I also learned of the harsh cultural realities of the majority of births in the United States - a fear based, medicalized model absent of relational knowledge, in which insurance reimbursement rates and institutional liability concerns take precedence over the cardinal knowledge of baby and mama. I went on to receive a master in public health examining sexual health at the population level.
After spending many years as a community organizer, researcher, and policy analyst I switched my internal focus. I began to ask myself what work would bring me joy. It was then that I was called to leave my position writing public health policy for the Massachusetts legislature and use my unique skill set to support families as they explored the unchartered territory of their child's birth. After attending my first home birth in the Spring of 2011 I began taking prerequisites to become a midwife.
A native to Seattle (coffee is a true love!), despite having spent 9 years on the Eastern seaboard, I have traveled all over the world and have worked with community based organizations in Cape Town, South Africa, Nshamba, Tanzania and Bukoba, Malawi focusing on HIV, women’s empowerment and sustainable development. I have been told I have magical hands, possess a real ability to listen, and can hold and create space that allows nature to meet you on your expedition. I enjoy making new friends and breaking bread wherever I venture.
While the vast majority of nurse-midwives in the United States receive babies in the hospital setting, having compared maternal and child health outcomes internationally at the structural, institutional and individual level, I believe that at this moment in our nation's history, birth at home is the safest option for healthy folks who trust their body, their baby and the process of birth. That is why I choose to provide care in the home setting. Outcomes support home birth in the United States.