It is you – the birthing mother – who inspires me the most. I am honoured to be the woman who listens, and shares knowledge with you; who trusts in your intuition and believes in your body; who supports, massages, and breathes with you; who advocates for you; who silently fills your birth tub, takes precious pictures, prepares your food, and cleans your space; who witnesses that unforgettable moment when you see and hold your baby for the first time.
After the birth of my first child in 2005, I immersed myself in the study of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. My concern for the lack of maternity care options in the Sea to Sky corridor motivated me to spearhead a campaign, in 2008, called Squamish Midwives Now.
I have shadowed midwives, birth attendants, and doctors in Canada and the Netherlands, and have attended courses and workshops with birth gurus such as Ina May Gaskin, Barbara Harper, Gloria Lemay, and Debra Pascali Bonaro. While in the Netherlands, I learned the art of placenta encapsulation and the use of herbs during childbirth.
When I am not doulaing, I am: biking, running, teaching acroyoga, studying and mothering. My husband and sons, Kai (11) and Nash (9), who has Down’s Syndrome, keep everyday fresh, beautiful, and wildly epic! I feel blessed to be able to pursue the things I feel so passionate about.