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In 1990, I became a Certified Massage Therapist at Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. Afterwards, I began my practice in the holistic field as a Massage Therapist in the Bay Area. In 1999 I received certification from World School of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Vibrational modalities.
In 2000 I completed my doula certification at Natural Resources in San Francisco, and soon after became certified in prenatal massage at The Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto.
In April 2009, I began working as a volunteer in the Doula Program at San Francisco General Hospital.
In March 2010, I completed the Midwifery Assistant Workshop at The Farm in Tennessee, with instruction from the renowned midwife and birth activist Ina May Gaskin. The workshop focused on breastfeeding and bonding, cultural differences in childbirth, position, station and engagement of baby, anatomy and physiology of female reproduction, blood pressure, oxygen set-up and use and neonatal resuscitation. During my stay at The Farm, I met 14 other wonderful aspiring midwives, all who are making a difference in the world of birth. I am proud to be part of a community of doulas and midwives who are “changing the world one birth at a time.” It is my desire to nurture, respect and protect your right to a memorable and beautiful birth experience.