I am passionate about empowering birthing families to actively prepare for childbirth. Through my own experiences, I felt that there was a gap in labor support between healthcare professionals and labor partners. Many birthing people I have interacted with describe fear and apprehension as they approached their labor. Even more tragically, many birthing families have expressed disappointment or even trauma from a birth experience that felt poorly communicated, emergent, and out of their control. Part of my mandate is to know the limitations of the healthcare system and to educate families to advocate for their own birth using current and evidence-based information. Not knowing what you do not know can lead to overwhelming decisions and out-of-control situations. I also provide experienced, trained hands-on support during the labor to create a consistent, personalized, and safe environment which can decrease the need for medical interventions and increase overall birth satisfaction.
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2012)
BS in Ecology, Environmental, and Evolutionary Biology (2008)
Birth Doula Certification, DONA (2019)
Georgia Birth Network
Evidence Based Birth Professional Member
I am a DONA International certified labor doula. I am training for my childbirth education certification and full-spectrum doula certification through Birthing Advocacy Doula Training. I also am an Evidence-Based Birth Professional Member, and have attended trainings on birth advocacy, Birth Monopoly’s Know Your Rights course, and Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition’s seminar on birth inequalities in Georgia. I am a volunteer doula for Embrace refugee birth services and the Atlanta Birth Project. I am also a member of the Georgia Birth Network, offering access to mentorship and a variety of birth-related professionals in Georgia. I am also TENS unit certified for use in labor.