My journey into the world of birth began over 10 years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Sonia. While taking a Bradley Method Childbirth Education course, my partner, Justin, and I became conscious of both the sacred power of birth as well as the myriad social issues affecting maternal health outcomes. Sonia was born at Stony Brook Hospital with the midwives and a doula present to support us.
Our second daughter, Kalea, was born at home with a midwife and doula present. We prepared for this new experience by adding Hypnobirthing to our skillset.
Our third child, a boy named Solomon, was also born at home with a midwife and doula assisting. We added in a birthing pool and prepared for this experience by taking Jenn Barry’s childbirth education course.
My formal education began at Old Dominion University in Virginia where I obtained a BS in Sociology. I continued my education at Loyola University Chicago where I received an MA in Social Justice. After the birth of my first two children I knew that my passion for maternal health issues would bring me back to school. I subsequently received an MPH from The George Washington University in Washington DC where my research focused on evidence based practice surrounding birth and women’s health. In addition to my academic studies I have received training and certification in Childbirth Education, Doula Support and Placenta Services.
I believe in a Better Way for birthers and families. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on the BBR Board where together we can empower one another to achieve
the experiences we desire and the maternal health outcomes we deserve.