I am first and foremost, a mom. Motherhood has been my biggest challenge, my biggest victory, my most beloved career choice, to date. Everything I do is with my daughter in mind—to better her future, to help create a world in which she can grow and flourish and to empower her to manifest her dreams.
I became interested in maternal health care while in high school in Georgia. As a volunteer in the neonatal ICU at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta, I witnessed how the birthing process affected the mother—physically and emotionally—and the bond between the mother and child, especially in instances of trauma. Later, as a student of anthropology at Georgia State University, I studied the varied ways women experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood throughout the world; the disparities in health care for women and children; and alternatives to the traditional Western model possible for prenatal, labor and postpartum care.
As a doula in New York City, I have attended over 100 births at most major hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as many successful home births. I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor and a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula.