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*I love Ethiopian food. Any bad day can be made good with Ethiopian food.*
*I love butterflies. I often think about people I’ve loved and lost when I see them. They make me smile.*
*I love professional football, especially my Philadelphia E-A-G-L-E-S!*
* I have 12 siblings. I adore them all and I am the oldest.*
*I will set my alarm clock for 3 a.m. to catch peak viewing times of meteor showers. They're just too beautiful to miss!*
During my birth doula workshop, the trainer asked us to share the reason we wanted to be doulas. My response: “I’m addicted to pregnant women.” (Second-guessing sharing that… I promise I’m not creepy.) I was 7 years old when I began to embrace my fascination with pregnancy. Even at such a young age, I found myself constantly in awe of the human body’s ability to reproduce. I enjoy being the person in my family that people call with questions about all facets of reproductive health. I tell my family and friends to call me anytime and that “pregnancy is my absolute favorite subject to discuss.”
In an effort for you to get to know me, I will begin blogging weekly, starting in January 2021, about issues impacting the reproductive health community. I am aware that I am asking to be a part of some of your lives’ most intimate moments. It is important for me to be as transparent as possible to ensure you and your family are matching with the most compatible pregnancy and childbirth professional possible. No question is too personal for me to answer, especially if it helps you to be comfortable with me.
My entire adult life has been dedicated to helping pregnant women. I am a trained birth doula, postpartum doula, in lactation support, and childbirth education. I am also trained in pregnancy options counseling and have worked with pregnant women who were HIV-positive. I graduated from Haverford College in 1998 and presently live in Woodstock, Georgia with my partner, 3-year old daughter and my mother. I have an awesome 14-year old son who lives in NJ with his father, stepmother and brother. I hope you enjoy their birth stories.