My journey into this work began in 1997 in New York when I was invited to attend the birth of a dear friend as her massage therapist. She had hired a doula and when I witnessed the gentle and loving ways the doula supported, not only the birthing mother and her husband, but the medical staff as well, I knew that I had found my life’s work.
I was lucky enough to attend my first doula training with Penny Simkin in Philadelphia and became a certified doula in 1998 with DONA (Doulas of North America). I’ve had the privilege and shared joy of supporting many families in numerous hospitals, birth centers and homes in New York City, Stockholm, Sweden and throughout Switzerland. Originally from Seattle, I am a love import to Switzerland. I now live here with my Swiss husband and, two teenage sons.
Each birth I attend humbles me, educates me, empowers me and holds within it a well of wisdom from which I draw from. I believe it was Michael Angelo that said at the age of 87, “Ancora Imparo”, which means, “I’m still learning”. If we are open…the gift of learning is always there. I have had countless mentors on my life’s journey…from the very young to the very old and cherish each lesson learned! It is an honor to be part of the Nurturing Birth Mentoring Team and I look forward to sharing the gift of learning with you!