"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed,
but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
In our culture, we celebrate the birth of the baby, but we rarely celebrate the mother's role in the birth process. I believe that the act of birthing a child is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event, and deserves to be treated as such. This is a time of huge transformation in a woman's life and should be acknowledged and respected.
Birth is one of the most physically and mentally challenging things that can ever be experienced, and is a tremendous opportunity for both personal and spiritual growth. A woman's beliefs about herself and the world will influence how she gives birth. Exploring these beliefs can present a powerful catalyst for change and self-discovery. I am dedicated to helping support women in this most important and life-changing transition to motherhood.
Women need and deserve to be presented with information, tools, and options to prepare themselves for birth with a sense of awareness. It is a great honor to guide women toward this heightened awareness in birth, to offer alternate views and choices in a safe setting, to provide support for self-discovery, and to create an environment where any choice made is acknowledged and respected by those present.
This is also a time of great change for the entire family and it is important for these changes to be openly acknowledged and addressed. Couples' lives are changed by the addition of a new family member, and children's lives are impacted by the addition of a sibling. Addressing the changes that a new baby will bring allows family members to express needs, ease concerns, clarify roles and expectations, and come closer together in an open, caring, and respectful way.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with women, couples, and families, guiding them toward birthing and parenting with awareness, and assisting them in making mindful decisions through open and honest communication with one another.
My background and training allows me to help with a variety of challenges that might be experienced during the childbearing years.
I help with processing painful losses, including miscarriage and other neonatal loss, and the hopes and dreams that accompanied
those losses. I work with women and their partners to deal with the emotional upheavals that commonly occur when facing challenges with fertility. I help women, and men, cope with their experiences of sadness or anxiety, or when things just don't feel or seem as they should,
following the birth of a child. I support new parents as they adjust to the dramatic, and often surprising, changes that
accompany becoming, or expanding, a family.
Counseling for pregnancy, birth, and beyond, for women and men alike, includes, but is not limited to, the following services: