Birth Doula • Somatic Practitioner
...this very body that we have, that's sitting here right now, with its aches and its pleasures ...is exactly what we need to be fully Human, fully awake, fully alive - pema chodron
I have been working in the realm of womxn's health for the past 20 years: initially as a licensed acupuncturist in the UK where I established a community acupuncture clinic and centered my private practice on reproductive health. After my own experience of birthing my 2 sons and upon my return to the US, I transitioned towards doula work and in the past 11 years have supported over 350 families in San Francisco and Seattle through their unique experience of birth.
In addition to specializing in acupressure for labor support, I am further trained to provide trauma informed care across the full spectrum of reproductive health from miscarriage, pregnancy loss and abortion to birth, postpartum and menopause.
During the pandemic, I deepened my focus on trauma awareness through a deep study of polyvagal theory and the somatics of trauma as well as began my training in Hakomi somatic psychotherapy.
I also began collaborating with Kelly Dungan to develop trauma informed educational retreats for birth workers exploring systems change, the science of safety, non violent communication, and advanced labor support skills.
I now live on Whidbey Island in a multigenerational household where I continue to work as a doula and retreat facilitator while developing my practice of somatic integration work.
I feel passionately about fostering community based integrative care - collaborating with birth professionals, facilitating community gatherings and offering somatic integration support to individuals, families and groups.