How I found this path:
I was pursuing my degree in psychology at UC Santa Cruz with the intent of becoming a therapist, but I found myself wanting something different. I thrive in the role of a support person, so I was keeping my eyes open for similar opportunities that moved me. Having worked with Rape Prevention Education for a few years leading workshops on gender roles, I was very engaged in the topic of gender activism and advocating for women. The pieces were all there, they just needed to be put together.
One night a friend was sharing the story of the birth of his first child. It was a miraculous birth that enhanced their union as a couple, launched them into parenthood with an unforeseen confidence in their abilities, and created an amazingly bonded family. It was the first time I understood that that kind of event was an accessible and realistic experience of birth; I was deeply moved and began voraciously learning. When I learned about the role of a doula, it immediately made sense for me. Easing the transition to parenthood and empowering women and their partners in this vulnerable and pivotal moment in their lives is the most inspiring thing I’ve ever done. I take private clients as well as volunteer with San Francisco General Hospital’s volunteer doula program and Homeless Prenatal Program, working toward the eventual goal that every woman will have a gentle, beautiful, and empowering birth, regardless of economic situation, and every woman who wants a doula shall have one.
Other things! :
I live in Oakland, Ca. and have spent years living in SF and Santa Cruz. I love being outdoors, surfing, hiking, biking, and playing in the forest. Dancing was my first passion in life and continues to bring me much joy and inspiration, and photography takes up a lot of my time these days as well. I enjoy cooking delicious and healthy food and brewing my own Kombucha. I am an avid traveler, and over the course of my life I would love to let birth guide my way through my travels, experiencing first-hand the array of different cultural practices surrounding birth. I speak Italian, intermediate Spanish and intermediate Brazilian Portuguese, and I support mamas in those languages as well.