Through emotional support, birth counseling, childbirth education, doula services, lactation support and early childhood education, I am committed to helping create healthy life cycles and family units.
I came to this work in birth through my own birth experiences. My background is in counseling and I was finishing my MS in clinical sociology when I became pregnant with my first child. After I completed my degree, I transferred my scholastic nature into a self-proposed doctoral course in childbirth. I learned so much in a short amount of time that not only did my birth plan change, but the experience I had giving birth to my first child changed the course of my professional life as well. I became dedicated to helping women have positive birth experiences. I learned one essential truth. The choices you make matter and mothering starts when the baby is in the womb. I basically birthed my philosophy:
The Birth of The Easier Birth™ – 3 steps to a positive birth experience
- Be prepared. Learn about pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as newborn care and feeding, and developmental milestones. Being prepared will allow you to make educated decisions during this time. This is empowering and leads to satisfaction knowing you are doing your best and what’s right for you, your body, your baby and your family.
- Be in your body and be mindful. Accept/embrace your changing body; attach to your baby and bond with your baby.
- Get doula support. A doula does not replace a partner, mother, friend, midwife or doctor. A doula is a professional support person who “mothers” the mother-baby dyad and attends to the needs of all those intimately connected to this unit from the prenatal period through labor and delivery and into postpartum.
After my second child was born in 2000, I began my working as a doula and childbirth educator in New York City. I became an RN in 2013 and have continued to focus on the maternal-child population. Currently, I am honored to be serving families as a public health RN for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with the Nurse Family Partnership. I work on the Targeted City-Wide Initiative serving mothers and babies who are in the shelter system or at risk of homelessness, in foster care or at Rikers Island or involved with the legal justice system.