Who am I? I am at heart a birthkeeper - a term that the late Jeannine Parvati Baker created in reference to Birth Workers who are also Earth Keepers (those who value the wisdom of the Earth). I am committed to remembering the sacred nature of birth and earth and I believe, as Jeannine did, that we can "heal the earth one birth at a time". I believe that in order to dismantle the systems of oppression which plague our world and cause untold harms, we must go back to the beginning - to birth and to earth.
I attended my first birth in 2003, supporting a dear friend through the complex and early birth of her daughter, which ignited within me a passion for the wellbeing of women & infants in the childbearing year. After 14 years as a doula I stepped away from attending births professionally in order to lessen the strain on my own family, but also to focus on my work as an herbalist and to put more time into writing about birth and parenting issues.
I believe each of us is born with innate knowledge of what is essential to our well-being. All that we need to be happy, healthy, and holy is encoded within. Our bodies know exactly what is right for us and they know exactly how to heal our illnesses, injuries, and issues. On both a cultural and individual level though we have forgotten what we know to be most true; we allow systemic oppression to harm some while granting privilege to others; we accept cheap comforts in place of true nourishment; we pay for quick fixes in place of deep healing. Our intuition and healing ability have been corrupted by systems of belief that make us see ourselves and "others" as inherently toxic or incomplete, and in need of cleansing or rescuing by a hero/expert. We constantly try to fix brokenness and overcome weaknesses, losing sight of the beauty, wonder and strength in our inherent wholeness, gifts, and soul desires. While we do sometimes need to “pull out the big guns” or seek expert assistance, especially to deal with serious issues, illnesses, or injuries - that sort of role is not mine. My goal is to nourish, to nurture, to hold space... so the people I serve can tap into their own wisdom, knowing, intuition, and healing.
Background & Qualifications
Birth Arts International Birth Doula 2011* (trained, not certified)
DONA International Birth Doula 2005-2011 (trained & certified)
Certified Reflexologist with the Reflexology Training Academy of Canada 2013
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators Certificate - Biologix Solutions 2013
BOLD Birth Yoga Nidra Meditation Facilitator 2013
Heart of Herbs "Advanced Herbs & Aromatherapy for Women"*
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Breastfeeding course certificate
La Leche League Health Professionals Seminar: Making More Milk
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training
First aid and CPR training
Post abortion and trauma training
Restorative Justice Facilitator
Credentialed youth worker through YFC/Youth Unlimited International
Bachelor's degree in Education (BRE)
Experience with Tapping (EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique)
Level 3 Therapeutic Touch practitioner
Boiron USA: Homeopathic Medicine for Women's Health