In 2007 I completed my degree at Purdue University and tied the knot with my sweetheart, Jamie. I became truly excited about coming alongside families when we began our own in 2008. As I learned, struggled, and triumphed, I grew a deep passion to help others. In 2012 I became a certified birth doula through DONA International. Since that time I have been providing continuous support during labor for families in the Fort Wayne area. I am thrilled to be a part of the teaching team at Birth Matters. I look forward to delivering the quality, evidence-based information that area families deserve to receive.
When I am not spending time with other families, I am busy making moments with my own. As a family we love to spend time outside, time with friends, and time watching a good movie or playing games.
I received my Bachelors Degree from New York University in Spanish and my Masters Degree from Columbia University in Spanish Education.
I began my adulthood as a professional actor and musician, but after the births of my first two children, I was inspired to pursue a career as a birth attendant. I trained as a birth doula and a childbirth educator in 2000. I am certified as a birth doula through DONA International. I have been attending births in the Fort Wayne area since we moved here in 2005. My passion for informed choice in childbirth has spilled over into other arenas. I teach newborn care for Birth Matters, teach hands-on whole foods cooking classes for the community and I am a regular speaker at local high school and college classes about pregnancy and childbirth. I am also a Reiki Master Teacher and a professional placenta encapsulator.
In addition to my work in health care, I also continue to enjoy acting in commercial work and making music with my husband and four children.
With a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, I began working in product management for a local business and enjoyed all of the challenges and teamwork that were involved. After finding out I was pregnant, I experienced immense joy. Woven within the joy was the slowly emerging reality that I was going to actually have to give birth. Crazy, right? I was faced with either continuing through pregnancy in fear, or educating myself on both the physiology of birth and my options. I chose education and have never looked back.
My husband and I are blessed with two children that changed our lives forever, as children always do. The joys and challenges of birth and postpartum drew me into restructuring my career to be involved with this transforming time. I now own Fort Wayne Doulas, a postpartum doula service, and enjoy teaching Birth Matters' Childbirth Education and Newborn Care classes serving families from pregnancy through postpartum.
I am trained through ProDoula as a childbirth educator and postpartum doula and look forward to serving you in this journey of a lifetime!