I love learning – especially about birth, babies and breastfeeding! I am happy to support your family through this life-changing time of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With three children of my own, school-aged through teenager, I marvel at the front row seats we have to witness human growth and development.
As mothers and parents, we need to adapt, change and grow along with our children, it’s a dynamic and often challenging process and a journey that doesn’t end once we’ve become a parent. Exploring ourselves as we find balance and figure out how to best parent each of our kiddos is an ongoing adventure!
I maintain professional memberships with DONA International, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), and Rhode Island Birth Network (RIBN). I am co-founder and co-president of the statewide professional doula network, Doulas of Rhode Island (DoRI http://www.doulasri.org) and I serve as the Northeast Regional for DONA International. Local volunteer activities include working with my children’s schools and with Families First Rhode Island as well as serving on the boards of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Rhode Island and at our church. I love practicing yoga, gardening, playing tennis, traveling and reading. I also love writing and am proud to have two articles published in the International Doula journal.
Education and Training Syracuse University, BS, Advertising, Marketing and French, 1992
The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, Inc. (ALPP)
Certified Lactation Counselor, December 2010
DONA International Certified Birth Doula, February 2010
Certified Postpartum Doula, June 2008 International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA) Certified Postnatal Educator, October 2006 Dancing Thru Pregnancy® Certified Pre/Postnatal Fitness Instructor/Trainer, April 2003 Academy of Certified Birth Educators Certified Childbirth Educator, September 2002
DONA International Conference, July 2012
Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, May 2012
Boot Camp for Birth Visionaries with Karen Brody, May 2012
Nursing Mother’s Council 2012 Breastfeeding Conference, March 2012
Teaching Tools for Inspiring Women to Trust Their Birth Process, December 2011
DONA International Conference, July 2011 Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, May 2011 Compassionate Caregiving When a Baby Dies, October 2010 Current Obstetric Practices and Procedures, September 2010 Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, May 2010 Baby-Led Breastfeeding: From Theory to Practice, September 2009 DONA International Birth Doula Workshop, September 2009 New Breastfeeding Skills for the 21st Century, August 2009 Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, May 2009 Boston Association for Childbirth Education, The Basics of Breastfeeding, February 2009 American Association of Birth Centers Annual Birth Institute: What is Optimal?, September 2008 How to Start a Birth Center Workshop, September 2008 Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, May 2008 Emotionally Charged Issues in Obstetric Care, April 2008 High Risk Obstetrics: Current Trends, Treatments & Issues, October 2007 American Heart Association, CPR Certification Course, September 2007 DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshop, June 2007 ICEA International Convention, October 2006 ICEA Postnatal Educator Training Workshop, October 2003 ICEA International Convention, October 2003 Birth and Beginnings Education, September 2002