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I was 19 years old, studying film at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. A series of events, which I now see as my “invitation,” revealed to me instead of pursuing a career in film, I should begin serving mothers and their babies. Longing to understand the midwifery path, I cold-called every midwife in a 15 mile radius of my home. One exceptional homebirth midwife returned my call. For the next 6 years, I worked under my talented mentor, a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) practicing exclusively at home throughout the five boroughs.
Before my mentor would allow me to assist her at her cherished patients’ births, she insisted that I become trained as a birth doula. I attended Connie Sultana’s wonderful DONA birth doula workshop. Since the beginning, I believed that birth is a normal part of life. Several thousand births later, I still do.
During my first years as a doula in NYC I volunteered at Bellevue Hospital’s doula program, helping underserved women — many recent immigrants, uninsured and non-English speaking women — achieve woman-centered, and woman- and baby-honoring birth.
HOMEBIRTH taught me to honor birth as a sacred, magical event. It taught me how to serve women through the hardest, longest of labors. I am grateful for each woman who invited me to attend her birth. My greatest lessons in honoring labor have always been taught to me by laboring women.
After returning to NYU for nursing school, I became a Labor & Delivery Nurse. As an L&D nurse, I’ve worked all over the country, and world. In my search for understanding I traveled to Guatemala for six months through the organization Midwives for Midwives. There I lived, learned and worked with indigenous midwives serving their rural highland communities.
I have served birthing women as a inpatient obstetrical nurse in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Omaha, California’s Central Valley and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Each setting taught me new lessons.
Each woman I meet in labor, I feel invited to serve with passion and love. I consider myself a “with-woman”, a guide and protector of birthing women and their babies. I consider this work my deepest calling (my ministry, mitzvah, or dharma.)