I have been in love with babies and new families since I was very young.
I began providing professional services to new families after my youngest son was born, including breastfeeding education, childbirth education, and birth doula services. I began training birth doulas in 2005, and have enjoyed watching the doula profession grow every year since. There is nothing like this work and I’m so blessed I get to do it!
I love seeing new doulas find their unique gifts as birth professionals, as well as helping them get a strong start on the most fulfilling career imaginable.
Soon after starting my doula career I became active in the birth community, both in Colorado and internationally. I have spoken at regional and national conferences on such topics as breastfeeding support, induction, perinatal mood disorder, standards of practice for doulas, and creating effective change in the birth community. I have served as CAPPA State Representative for Colorado, and also as the President of the Colorado Doulas Association.
I began training labor doulas in 2005, and served as CAPPA Executive Director of Labor Doula Programs from 2009 until the Board of Director positions were eliminated in 2017. During those eight years, I completely rewrote the labor doula training curriculum and manual.
I love seeing new professionals begin their journey with confidence!
There is nothing more wonderful and amazing to me than working with expectant and new families.
I first became interested in birth, breastfeeding, and perinatal issues when I was still a teenager. Looking back, my mother must have worried, seeing me check out midwifery books from the library before I could even drive!
I had my first child in my early 20’s, followed by four more, and helped to raise my stepson as well. I expanded my knowledge of birth and breastfeeding, as well as the political and cultural issues surrounding them, through my journey as a mother.
I began attending births and teaching childbirth education in 1998, and quickly knew I had found my calling. I certified as a labor doula, then as a childbirth educator and lactation educator. I love seeing couples bond through the birth of their child, seeing parents find confidence in their new lives, and seeing babies thrive.
In 2010 I began the journey of becoming an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, completing the process in 2012. I now offer lactation consultation at my DTC area office as well as teaching breastfeeding classes, and specialized consults for bottle feeding families, clients needing prenatal planning, pumping consults, and weaning guidance.
If you are looking for more information on the lactation services that I offer, please head over to Rocky Mountain Lactation.
My husband and I have six beautiful grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. We enjoy all sorts of geeky pursuits, including playing board games like Settlers of Catan, watching sci-fi movies, and having entire conversations in movie quotes.