I am a Certified Doula with Birthing from Within and a student midwife with the National Midwifery Institute. I have trained with CAPPA, perinatal pelvic biomechanics educator Brittany Sharpe McCollum, Birthing From Within, Spinning Babies, and Survivor's Give Birth. I look forward to meeting you!
Prior to birthwork, I worked in the health sciences and was always driven to help people on their wellness journey. During the incredible experience of giving birth to my son in 2013, I heard my calling to support birthing people. During my labor, I was supported and guided by a group of wise women who helped me feel safe and deeply loved. When I came to a point where I thought I couldn’t go on, these women physically supported me, spoke to the deepest desires of my heart and helped me to find the strength to take the next step towards meeting my son. As I now support families as a doula and student midwife, I desire to help all birthing people feel safe, validated and held as they journey to meet their babies and parents they are becoming. In my free time, I enjoy hiking the beautiful trails near my home, watching Star Wars marathons with my family and relaxing at the beach.
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I live, “own” a home, and teach on land that sits on the traditional lands of the ethnohistoric territory of the Thámien Ohlone-speaking Thámien Ohlone (THA-mee-in oh-LOW-nee) tribal groups, which included the lands of the Paleños. This group was intermarried with the direct ancestors of the Muwekma Ohlone (Muwekma Ohlone (mah-WEK-mah Oh-LOW-nee) Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, whom were missionized into Missions Santa Clara, San Jose, and San Francisco. The city of San Jose, based upon the 18 unratified federal treaties of 1851-1852, includes the unceded ancestral lands of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe was denied a land base through the gross negligence of derelict BIA officials. I acknowledge and honor the ancestral guardians of the lands and waterways of what we call San Jose. I recognize the importance of this land to the indigenous Muwekma Ohlone people of this region, and strive to be a good steward on behalf of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, whose land I occupy. Adapted from: Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Land Acknowledgment For The City of San Jose and Surrounding Region