As funny as it may sound, my excitement for birth was first piqued when I witnessed one of my goats giving birth on my family’s small hobby farm when I was in high school. As the doe pressed her forehead against the side of the barn wall, I felt a sense of wonder with this mother, her birthing process and new life. I knew I wanted to stay by her side. Through the births of my own children, I have come to realize the invaluable need for labor support and how a positive or negative birth experience can have an impact on a woman’s entire life. I have carried this belief through to other birthing women.
In 2001, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature at Gordon College in Massachusetts. In 2005, I graduated from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and became a licensed massage therapist. I have always worked in helping fields throughout my life, first as a veterinary technician and currently as a massage therapist providing deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal and Swedish massage to women. Originally from Massachusetts, I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2008 with my husband, five children, two cats, a dog, two birds and three chickens. When not assisting birthing families, I enjoy spending time with my animals, biking, gardening, baking and writing.
Here’s to a radiant, empowered, whole-hearted birth!