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 women. 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 transformed by the power of words as medicine, the smell and energy of herbs, and the wisdom of ancient systems of health.
In my early 30’s I moved to Washington, DC for graduate school and then worked full-time as a program analyst in the White House. I 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 my own doula, yoga, and massage practice for the childbearing year, and ran a prenatal support group for Bangkok Mothers & Babies International (BAMBI). I 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 have been a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2015.
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 and other caregivers to navigate informaiton about care practices, share simple mindfulness techniques, and listen deeply to the stories and desires of those I serve. 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 and birth stories from all corners of the world have taught me how much birth matters. The significance of childbirth and breastfeeding on the health of a growing population and the planet that nourishses us all cannot be underestimated. I continue to learn from the families whose birth stories I witness. For every mother and baby, I am grateful.