I was raised in a household that is fully supportive of natural ways of living and absolutely believes in a woman’s ability to birth babies naturally. When I was 18 months old, my mother was a home birth midwifery apprentice until she found her calling as a Lactation Consultant. I have been exposed to and have learned much about birth and breastfeeding through my mother’s modeling. I am the oldest of 5 children. I was born by cesarean, my sister was the first VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) in hospital in Columbus, and my 3 youngest siblings were all born at home with the support of midwives. I have also learned much through my mother’s Lactation work. I remember fielding phone calls from her Lactation clients and setting up appointments for breast-pump rentals when I was 8 years old. Throughout my life, I have always been someone that my friends (and friends of friends) have come to for information about the female body and reproductive system.
Even with all of this background, I did not feel called to this work in my early 20s. Instead, I went the traditional route of schooling. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Sociology from Otterbein College in 2004. I received my Master of Arts in European and Comparative Literary Studies with a focus on Women Writers from University of Kent, in Canterbury, England in 2006. I was convinced that my life was going to be filled with writing the next New York Time’s bestseller or politics or something GRAND! And then I got pregnant with my first baby and my life turned upside down (or maybe right-side-up, since I actually was floundering, trying desperately to figure out my place in this world).
In 2007, I planned a home birth with my daughter but after many hours of intense labor with virtually no guidance or support from my midwives, I felt that I could no longer cope and I decided to transfer to the hospital. Though this transfer ultimately was necessary, it was also very traumatizing. The nurses and doctor were not supportive and they did not listen to me. I was separated from my baby and put under general anesthesia shortly after birth to deal with retained placenta and hemorrhage. I spent many many hours trying to piece together what went wrong during my labor and with my labor support.
Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that things had to change. Not just for me, but for ALL women and ALL babies. I was not the first woman to enter the hospital and have the staff judge her. I was not the first woman who has been ignored, ridiculed, yelled at, demoralized, traumatized, even raped, while under the care of a doctor, nurse, midwife. I was not the first but I wanted to make changes so that perhaps, at least in my microcosm, I might be the last.
With this insight, I felt the call to birth work and natural ways of healing. It was always there but I had ignored it, pushing it aside for what I thought were bigger and better experiences. But now I needed to come back to it. It was a deep desire to learn, to experience, to support, to make change. So, I took a DONA Birth Doula training in December 2009. I also began my lactation counselor apprenticeship, finishing up with certification in 2014. In May 2011, I became a Student Midwife through an apprenticeship program with local certified professional midwives and graduated from Sacred Mountain Midwifery School in November of the same year. Also in 2011, I became a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
I have been working as a birth doula, monitrice, and home birth midwife in private practice since 2013. However, my desire to help women have better birth outcomes has intensified as I have grown as a birth-keeper. My desire to assist the body in healing itself took root after watching so many moms struggle with infertility, harder labors, interventive births, and failed breastfeeding. This led me to bodywork and Intuitive Healing.
In 2019, I began my CranioSacral Therapy training through the Upledger Institute. I also began working with a Shaman, who has helped me process through many of my own hang-ups, while also teaching me amazing techniques for tapping into energy fields while working with my own clients. Through this work, I have come to embrace my work as an Intuitive Healer, relying on skills developed as a doula, midwife, Craniosacral Therapist, and through my sessions with my Shaman mentor, to help facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids, connecting with Mother Earth, getting together with family and friends, listening to audio books and music, baking, watching movies, and traveling around the world to see the beauty that our Mother Earth has bestowed upon us. I am hoping that through this blog and through my website, I can help offer insight and inspiration to you on your own life and healing journey. If you like what you see here, subscribe to my website so you don’t miss out on anything. If you are interested in an Intuitive Healing session, hit me up through my Contact page.