I trust birth. I trust you.
We live in a culture where birth is often viewed as a medical event that is painful, traumatic, and frightening. At Light Footsteps, we believe there is another way to experience birth. Birth has the potential to be a transformative, spiritual event where women* undergo the deep work of moving into parenthood. Ideally, we should work toward a birth that is a welcoming, loving, and warm experience for the new being coming Earthside, however that looks for you.
We believe all birthing people have the choice to birth where they feel safest and will be most supported to welcome their baby, whether this be a hospital, birth center, or at home. We also believe that a return to honoring birth and babies is one of the key transformations that must take place to move toward a sustainable, Earth-centered culture.
I am passionate about helping people to understand their options, communicate effectively with their providers, and to build a birth plan that helps them reach for their ideal birth. I am there to provide non-judgemental support along the way and act as an educational guide, coach, and support person. I have been through birth, know the ropes, and I want to help you feel great about your birth experience!
*Although I often use the word woman to describe a birthing person, I am open and inclusive to birthing parents who do not identify as women.
Why Choose a Doula?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience (American Pregnancy Association).
Read more about the Evidence for Doulas.
Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
- less likely to need Pitocin
- less likely to have a cesarean birth
- less likely to use any pain medication
- more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
Why am I a doula?
After the birth of our first daughter, I became passionate about helping women reclaim their sacred birthright to find joy and love in the pregnancy and birth process. After becoming pregnant the first time, I was shocked that despite my years as a women’s health advocate and with all my knowledge of natural health, I still knew so little about pregnancy and birth in our culture. I didn’t even know that there were midwives that worked in hospitals! Needless to say, I dove deep to learn as much as I could so that I could have an empowering birth experience. I learned a lot about birth, including some of the ways that I think we can serve women better in our country’s maternal health system. One way is to ensure that all women have a doula to support their pregnancy and birth process. I had doulas at both of my births, and I am committed to providing the same non-judgemental support to others. This includes functioning as a full-spectrum doula for all matter of birth choices that occur throughout the reproductive cycle.
I am trained with Birth Arts International (currently finishing up certification) and I have taken several courses with Sacred Pregnancy. I have a Master’s degree in Biology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies, and I have a certificate in Herbalism. I like to blend my scientific understanding of health and biology with my intuitive understanding of wellness to offer wholistic advice and education to my clients.
Training / Certification / Education
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies (College of Wooster – 2007)
Master’s degree in Biology (Case Western Reserve University – 2012)
Herbal coursework through Wise Woman University with Susun Weed (2011-2012)
Art & Science of Herbalism Herbal Certificate with Rosemary Gladstar (2016)
Birth Arts International Trained Doula (2017)
Healthy All Year: Herbal Medicine for Kids with Dr. Aviva Romm (2017)
Gena Kirby Rebozo Certified (2017)
Midwifery Assistant Course with The Farm Midwives (2018)
Basic Life Support Provider (2019)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified (2019)
Student Certified Professional Midwife (current)
Herbal Medicine for Women student with Dr. Aviva Romm (current)
Learn more about my service options and prices
Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum is an E-book that has helped women to have empowering postpartum experiences. Filled with tips, tricks, and do-it-yourself recipes, you will feel more prepared to embrace common postpartum concerns from a natural perspective. Learn more and grab your copy here.
Light Footsteps offers a Basic doula package or an Herbal Goddess option. Explore your options and contact us with any questions!
Training and Certifications
Thank you for all your support. I truly may have not done it [achieved a natural birth] without you.
Thank you for being there! Having you was really helpful/comforting. Especially wandering the hallway of the hospital to facilitate things.