In 1983 I had my first child and fell in love with birth. I was fortunate to have the support of a kind woman, experienced in childbirth. I did not then know what a doula was, but I knew that having a confident and knowledgeable woman tending to my well-being during labor helped me to have a magical and empowering experience. My husband and I had 6 more children, and at each birth I drew from the strength and confidence that our "doula" had helped me to discover. Since that first birth I have been acutely aware (and grateful!) that those hours of compassionate and focused support dramatically affected the rest of my life as a woman.
Over the course of 34 years (and counting!) I have actively pursued, studied, and lived multiple approaches to holistic, nurturing and respectful birthing, parenting, self-care and support of others. I have been blessed to be able to mother and birth the way that I wanted to!
As my children grew, I became more available to assist other women on their individual paths to motherhood. In 2008 I began my work as a doula.
I am thrilled to be working in the field of labor, birth, postpartum and female support. I love birth and birthing women! Attending a birth is always an honor and a privilege and a true joy. I am a Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA) and a Certified Postpartum Doula (Natural Resources).
I am an active member of:
I have volunteered with:
- UCSF Medical Center's Doula Program.
- The Walden House's Women's Hope Project in San Francisco
- San Francisco's Hilltop School for Teenage Moms, TAPP.
- SF General Hospital's Volunteer Doulas
I have worked as a Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Consultant, Nanny, Special Needs Nanny, Travel Nanny and Mother's Helper.
I have birthed two children at home and five at three different San Francisco hospitals.
I live in SF with my husband and a fluid number of children at home.
I love tooling around the city (especially the flatter parts) on my bike, yoga, singing, playing cards and games at home, and family dinners.
Serving San Francisco and Penninsula Communities
"The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power." ~ Heather McCue