Who I Am

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When it comes to my work, my daughter Tucy puts it best: “Mommy helps mamas babies come out.” Peace on Earth Begins With Birth is my vision.

I was 19 years old, studying film at Tisch School of the Arts. A series of events, which I now see as my “invitation,” revealed to me that I SHOULDN’T pursue a career in film, but rather begin serving mothers and their babies. As soon as I could, I started learning everything I could about birth. Instead of working for a film production company, I decided to volunteer for a home birth midwife.

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 birth doula workshop, and have never been the same.

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 empowering birth.

Longing to understand the midwifery path, I cold-called every midwife in a 15 mile radius of my home. A homebirth midwife immediately 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. She taught me to honor birth as a sacred, magical event. She also taught me how to serve women through the hardest, longest of labors. I am grateful for her wisdom. I’m even more grateful for each woman who invited me to attend her birth. My greatest lessons in honoring labor have always been taught to me by the women themselves.

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. I started work in a busy teaching hospital in New York City. Then I became a birth center nurse in a midwife-run, in-hospital birth center.

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.

Before finding my home in Dallas, Texas, I served birthing women as a nurse in Los Angeles, San Diego, 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.)

Before anything else, I am Mike’s wife and Tusca’s mama.

I love my family and their love helps inspire and nourish me daily to serve. I want to help women in their journey into motherhood because I truly believe that “peace on earth begins with birth,” and because I want our daughter to grow up in a peaceful world. I want her to know the beauty and joy that is inherent in everything, and to love and honor her body as the miracle that it is.

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