I am a DONA-certified postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor. In the two-plus years that I have been supporting families in the fourth trimester period, I have worked with 30 new parents and their children. To expand on my lactation support training, I am training to be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and have internships in both hospital and private practice settings. My background has long been in supporting families, as a former nanny/child care provider and domestic violence advocate and case manager. I hold a BA in Sociology from Vassar College and have long-term aspirations of becoming a nurse-midwife.
I work from within an empowerment framework to help clients not just survive but thrive in the postpartum period. There can be so much information on best practices circulating for new parents, so I prioritize evidence- and science-based information in my practice. I root this in conversations about newborn care, feeding practices, and sleep patterns. I seek to move away from narratives that characterize the postpartum period as something that new parents simply have to 'get through', and seek to bestow clients with tools to help them feel informed, empowered, strong, and capable.
I trained and certified as a postpartum doula through DONA International and a certified lactation counselor (CLC) through Healthy Children USA. I am continuing my lactation training as an aspiring International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). As a doula, I have completed trainings on safe sleep and supporting multiples and have offered trainings on the postpartum period and newborn care/breastfeeding. I am infant/children/adult CPR/AED/First Aid certified through the American Heart Association. Prior to becoming a doula, I worked as a nanny in NYC for several years. Before that, I worked in the domestic violence field supporting families with co-occurring child abuse and domestic violence issues. I have a BA from Vassar College and am currently fulfilling pre-requisite requirements to become a nurse-midwife.