A Bit About Me


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I am a lifelong learner and LOVE IT! There is so much more that I want to know. I believe that doulas need to be endlessly curious and I follow that as my own philosophy, too. 


I've been teaching doula workshops since 1994 and can't get enough. I have taught all over the United States and the globe, including Ireland, Korea, Japan and Finland. I eagerly look forward to where the next workshop takes me.


I love helping doulas find the path to their dreams and I want the learning process to be collabortive.


As adult learners, workshop participants come with a life full of experiences that add richness for all of us.


I look forward to being a part of your journey!

  • DONA International Trainer since 1994
    • Birth Doula Trainer
    • Postpartum Doula Trainer


  • First doula in DONA International's history to become an Advanced Certified Birth Doula, AdvCD(DONA), and an Advanced Certified Postpartum Doula, AdvPCD(DONA)Awarded both in the innaugural year of 2015.


  • DONA International volunteer for over 25 years
    • Past President, 2003-05
    • Helped develop DONA's Pospartum Doula Training and Certification Program
    • Director of Education, 2009-2015


  • Lamaze International Educator, teaching famlilies since 1989
    • Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
    • Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Education (FACCE)
    • 2007 Recipient of Lamaze's prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award "given for her tireless efforts on behalf of mothers, babies, and families and committment to Lamaze International"


  • RTS Perinatal Bereavement Counselor since 1989
    • Assist famililies with pregnancy, birth and newborn losses
    • Provide training for those who work with families during this time
  • Gottman Institute Bringing Baby Home Educator


  • The Wonder Weeks Academy Foundations graduate


  • Faculty member of NYC Lamaze Program training new Lamaze Childbirth Educators


  • Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, RLC)


  • Awards
    • ​Lamaze International Elisabeth Bing Award 2007
    • USLCA Best Overall Poster Presentation 2012--co-creator


  • Conference Presenter
    • ​Lamaze International
    • DONA International
    • Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants Quarterly
    • La Leche League International Wisconsin


  • Published Author
    • ​Letters from Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman 
    • Journal of Perinatal Education
    • The International Doula
    • International Journal of Childbirth Education
    • Lamaze Parents magazine


  • Expert Contributor/Source
    • Yahoo News
    • Science and Sensibility
    • She Knows: Pregnancy and Parenting
    • Storknet
    • Washington Family
    • NewsforParents.org
    • Parents.com
    • LamazeforParents.org
    • ModernMedicine.com
    • Time magazine
    • The New York Times
    • The Wallstreet Journal
    • NBC.com
    • HealthNewsDigest
    • St. Petersburg Times
    • NYMetroParents.com


  • Experience in the Following:
    • Establishing and running a hospital-based birth doula program that follows DONA's Code and Standards
    • Facilitating New Parents Groups since 1992
    • Facilitating a group for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders since 2008
    • Resolve Through Sharing Counselor for pregnancy loss
    • First doula certified to perform the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale (NBAS)
    • Consultant to hospital and commmunity-based doula groups around the globe


Can you tell I've been blessed?

It truly is my joy to help others realize their dreams of becoming doulas.


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