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About Me:

I’ve always held a deep conviction that I’m here to live in community, drawn to a life of service. And while I’ve always loved learning about pregnancy and sexual health (as a child I legitimately wore off the cover of Lennart Nilsson’s A Child is Born), my path initially led elsewhere: guiding teenagers in the BWCA on canoe trips, teaching K-12 vocal music, serving internationally with the YWCA in Rwanda, supporting healthy families at a south Minneapolis non-profit, and now, seeking a Master of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary.

Although varied, the common denominator of these experiences has been relationship building. To be a birth doula resides in the exact intersection of all that I love - pregnancy and birth, education, advocacy, and emotional/physical/spiritual health. To come alongside birthing people and affirm that they are strong, that they are safe, and that they are not alone is a gift.

My core values have been shaped by a wide spectrum of formative experiences that include collectivism, empathy, anti-racism, inclusivity, and the deep belief that all bodies are beautiful and beloved.

Education:

  • DONA-trained (completing certification)
  • Enlightened Mama’s Birth Doula workshop & Intro Breastfeeding
  • Minnesota Birth Center Doula Intern 2020-2021
  • Spinning Babies trained
  • Evidence-Based Birth® Childbirth Education course
  • Participant in local “Birth Workers for Racial Healing” group
  • Ann Gilligan's "Maternal Positioning for Optimal Fetal Positioning"
  • San Diego Breastfeeding Center's "Nourishing Support"

Additional:

  • Pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Justice & Reconciliation
  • (includes training and internship work as a local interfaith chaplain)