My journey to becoming a postpartum support provider began with conversations about my own desires for motherhood.
I felt like I knew enough about "what to expect and do when you're expecting", but I hadn't really heard anyone talk about life after birth, other than that some women experience postpartum depression. And as I continued to have these conversations, I was often met with dismissal and resistance to my request for the level of support I wanted with my newborn. This made me realize how undervalued and even ignored women are in healthcare and in society when it comes to expressing and honoring our desires.
As a health coach, I see how challenging it is for some to take care of their own health and self-care needs, and I wanted to ensure that I would not "disappear" into motherhood. Keeping "put your oxygen mask on first" in mind, it was important for me to prioritize my health and prepare myself for life with a new human being.
So many expectants are unprepared for the physical, mental, emotional, and financial changes that having a baby will put them through, and while you can't prepare for everything, knowing that you have choices is more empowering than trying to figure things out as you go along.
I'm a graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over 100 nutrition and dietary theories, mind-body practices, and coaching philosophies to help people become the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves.
I'm current pursuing several trainings to provide full spectrum doula support (conception, pregnancy, loss, adoption, lactation, postpartum) through DONA, CAPPA, and other trainers. The full list will be updated here as the trainings are completed.
I am studying to become a licensed massage therapist with the intention to focus on women's health concerns (breast, abdominal/pelvic region, pregnancy).
I am also pursuing training as a Certified Nursing Aide, so that I can support expectants in the labor and delivery and postnatal units of hospitals and birthing centers.