I became passionate about supporting mothers and families in the early postpartum period through my own adventure of having a baby in March of 2010. From my experience, it was clear that motherhood is a truly beautiful rite of passage that can often be tinged with a deep sense of overwhelming exhaustion and fear.
Having support during this most sacred postpartum time is that which helps to strengthen our family bonds and build our communities. My role as a postpartum doula is to quietly nurture, encourage and assist your family's growth during this transition.
I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and have a B.A. in Anthropology from James Madison University ('02). I became a Certified Montessori Preschool Teacher in 2009 and am currently completing coursework to become a Postpartum Doula through Birth Arts International. I am also a member of The Montana Childbirth Collective and The Gallatin Breastfeeding Coaltion.
I am passionate about pregnancy, birth and the sacred postpartum period or "fourth trimester." I have personal experience with a healthy breastfeeding relationship and many hours of supporting new mothers and friends learning this womanly art. I am dedicated to supporting those new to this awesome adventure, but I am not a doctor and can neither give medical advice nor prescribe medicine (unless it includes a warm bath and a nap!). However, I am a great listener and love babies, birth stories, breastfeeding, problem solving and all the juicy details that come along with being a mom.
My goal is to essentially "work myself out of a job" as your family gains the skills, knowledge, and confidence in your ability to succeed in your new roles. Helping mothers and families in the early postpartum is my passion because I believe that we were not meant to mother alone -- all families deserve support during this special time.