About Me

I have been a doula at over 100 births, and have trained over 2,000 new doulas. I hold doula-training workshops all over the country and there is more about what it means to be a doula on the doula page. I originally trained in 1987 as a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) with the National Childbirth Trust in the UK. Since 2014 I have been a CCE with Lamaze International. I was a founder member of Desert Doulas in Tucson, AZ in the 1990's. From 2013 to 2018 I was a reviewer on the DONA International doula certification committee. Since 2014 I have also been a Certified Lactation Counselor.

My book “Labors of Love: A Doula’s Birth Stories” was published in December 2010 and reprinted in 2014 and again in 2018. On this site you can register on-line for my training workshops and you can also buy the book from here.

In 2000 I graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (subsequently a Cortiva school) in Tucson, Arizona, and set up business as a licensed massage therapist, specializing in prenatal massage and trigger point therapy. Since then I have provided massage therapy to private clients, taught prenatal massage to students, and provided instruction to therapists. I was a founding partner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy, LLC in New Jersey. I worked for Cortiva Institute nationally as a pre-natal massage instructor, and I taught pre-natal massage in luxury spas across the USA for Mama Mio (“fit skin for life”).

In Arizona, I have been an educator and massage therapist for Tucson Doulas, Southern Arizona’s premier maternity services agency. I am on the board of directors of Watching over Women and Babies. From 2012 to 2018 I was the Arizona state representative for DONA International. I am trained in using the in8 needs and resource cards to support clients.

I have a husband who is good with computers and web pages, three wonderful children and five grandchildren (including triplets!). My profile is on linkedin and my professional resume can be downloaded from here.
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