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. I have been a global wanderer serving hundreds of families in birth throughout the United States, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Korea since 2003. Montana (USA) is now my home.
The seed that held my path to midwifery was planted when my maternal Yia Yia (grandmother in Greek) gave birth to my mother in the 1940’s. She died 7 days later 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 the early 90’s I volunteered with Misha Cohen at Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, a busy acupuncture clinic in San Francisco. 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. I was inspired by how the clinic revolutionized Chinese medicine to fit the complex medical needs of a community at a time when Western care was lacking.
In my early 30’s I moved to Washington, DC for graduate school and worked as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget. 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 Simpkin in 2002. Two years later I moved to Bangkok, Thailand.
I started my own doula, yoga, and massage practice and ran a prenatal and postpartum support group for Bangkok Mothers & Babies International (BAMBI). I educated Thai doctors and nurses about the role of a doula in maternal health care and co-created and taught prenatal yoga teacher trainings. I attended my first 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat at 30 weeks pregnant with my first child in Prachinburi, Thailand.
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 the National Midwifery Institute, a nationally accredited midwifery school. I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in 2015.
I work collaboratively with families and caregivers to navigate information about care practices, share simple breathing techniques, and listen deeply to the stories and desires of those I serve. I bring 20 years of birth experience 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. I continue to learn from the families whose birth stories I witness. For every mother, baby and family I am grateful.