The first time I was astounded by the power of birth was when I supported my sister during the birth of my niece Maile in 1989. Passionately intrigued, I attended Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School in 1992 and began attending home births in 1993 where I lived in California. My precious daughter Ayisha was born in 1996 at home in the water. In the last 2 decades, I have attended many trainings including labor, VBAC and breastfeeding support, and have attended hundreds of births in the home, hospital, and birth center settings.
Having recently moved to Atlanta, I am now gratefully serving as a labor doula. I offer knowledge of the birth process and understanding of hospital and homebirth procedures to help women and their families choose the birth options that best meet their needs. I offer therapeutic touch and a wide range of coping skills for labor, and a calming presence throughout the prenatal, birth, and postpartum time. I consider a woman’s deep values and needs to help her create the most sacred and empowering birth experience possible. I am also a massage therapist of 25 years offering in-home prenatal and postpartum massage, and I offer body centered self discovery and compassionate relationship support. Yo Hablo Espanol! I draw from all of my skills as I help mothers on their own birthing journey.
I believe that birth is a profound initiation into motherhood. Women discover a power within themselves during birth that they can draw on when the challenging moments of parenting arise. BIRTH MATTERS!! It is by far the most potent experience in a woman’s life AND lays the foundation for the health and well being of her baby.