Meet the expanded So Zen Family
Check out these lovely birth professionals currently enrolled in our mentorship program!
My passion is to help empower people to trust in themselves and to help create the most positive birth experience unique to them. Personally, I have had the privilege of being able to birth my own children, as well as carry for another, as a surrogate. Having had varying experiences in pregnancy and birth, I can personally attest to the wonder of having a doula by my side. It was at this time that I fell in love with birthing culture and with the innate magic that we, as birthing beings, possess. That being said and all magic aside, let’s just be honest.. birth can feel scary. Not only for you, but also for your partner and/or family members. This is where I get to step in and guide you as we explore what’s uniquely best for you.
Professionally, I’ve received training both with the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and Doulas of North America (DONA) International. I am also certified as a Peer Counselor and Advocate and have a background in trauma support. I am a firm believer not only in the power of knowledge, but also of choice and informed consent. Every decision during your pregnancy and birth experience should be up to you. Some clients know exactly what they want and I am simply there to have their back and offer physical and emotional support. Others may feel a little scared or lost, or uncertain about what their options and choices may be. In this case, my role may be to offer unbiased evidence based resources, or suggest ways in which clients can engage in conversation with their medical provider. For others, I may simply offer to be a sounding board or a holder of space as they sort through their options, or process their feelings and emotions.
No matter what your mindset or where you are coming from, I would love to support you as you journey through pregnancy and welcome your precious life into the world. Giving birth is such a powerful and personal experience. I feel such honor to be witness to such beauty.