I have been a global citizen serving hundreds of families in birth throughout the United States, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Korea since 2003. Seoul is now my home.
The seed that held my path to midwifery was planted when my Yia Yia (grandmother in Greek) gave birth to my mother in the 1940's and died from cesarean complications. Like all children, I was curious. I listened intently to the birth stories of women in my family, especially my mother's birth story. In my 20's I volunteered at a busy acupuncture clinic in San Francisco and often worked with pregnant clients. I was awed by the mystery and beauty of every pregnant woman who walked through the doors with her baby to be nourished by Chinese medicine. In between taking out needles, measuring herbal medicines, and drinking copious amounts of green tea in the clinic's kitchen, I was deeply touched and transformed by the power of acupuncture, the smell and energy of herbs, and the wisdom of ancient systems of health.
In my early 30’s I moved to Washington, DC and worked full-time as a program analyst in the White House and moonlighted as a yoga teacher and began massage therapy school. Through a conversation with a midwife in my yoga class I discovered the art of the birth doula. I trained and certified (DONA) with Penny Simkin in 2002. Two years later I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, and a new chapter in my life began.
I started a birth doula, pregnancy yoga and massage practice, ran a prenatal support group for Bangkok Mothers & Babies International (BAMBI), co-created and taught prenatal yoga teacher trainings, became a certified hypnotherapist/Hypnobirthing practitioner, and attended my first 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat at 30 weeks pregnant with my first child.
My midwife-attended home birth on The Farm in 2007 inspired me to study midwifery because of how I was cared for by midwives. Between 2009 – 2012, I completed three midwifery apprenticeships at Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) in Ubud, Bali. I graduated from a nationally accredited midwifery school in the US (National Midwifery Institute) and am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
My heart sings, whether serving families in villages or in cities, in hospitals or homes, and I serve women no matter where or how they live and birth. My approach starts here.
As a midwife I work collaboratively with families to navigate informaiton about care practices for moms and babies and share easy-to-use techniques that deepen the mind-body connection and facilitate the changes that arise in pregnancy, birth and parenting. I bring 18 years of birth experience (~300 births) and a compassionate heart to the families I am honored to work with.
Family birth stories I heard as a child taught me how much birth matters and gave me a deep respect for the family life cycle and the profound transformation of parenthood, individiually and globally. I continue to learn from the families whose birth stories I witness. For every mother and baby, I am deeply grateful.