I’m a Certified Mindfulness for Childbirth Educator, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and Birth Doula.
Support. Connection. Empowerment. These are the words that anchor how I serve women as they go through the transformation of childbirth.
After attending many births as a doula, I began to see how vital a role the mind plays over the body during labor and childbirth, and how vast a difference it makes in outcomes. That’s when I found Nancy Bardacke’s book Mindful Birthing, and I had one of those A-ha! moments in life where I knew I was meant to share this as a birth worker. I became a certified Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Instructor and have been empowering couples with these life-changing practices ever since.
I was active duty military when I delivered my daughter at a military hospital in Alaska. As I went through my own childbirth journey, I began to wonder why so many women have such vastly different birth experiences.
In our country we have too many women and babies starting off their journey with feelings of trauma, depression, and anxiety and the maternal mortality rate is too high. To me, it matters how you were taken care of and how you were made to feel at your birth…regardless of how your baby comes to you. I felt empowered, honored, heard, and respected at my baby’s birth, and I want every laboring family to feel that way too.
I am so excited that I get to share my passion for yoga, mindfulness, and childbirth education with the families of O’ahu and see them falling in love not only with their new baby, but with their entire childbirth experience!
I trained as a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator at the prestigious Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions at Bastyr University, a DONA and ICEA approved program that is one of the leading centers for the childbirth professions in the country. I have my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in addition to my certification as a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Instructor. For years I have been trained and inspired by world-class instructors who are leaders in the profession, and I carry on their legacy of respect, empowerment, community, and personalized care.
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