"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 shifting roles and relationships to be addressed. Couples' lives are transformed by the addition of a new family member, and children's lives are impacted by the introduction of a sibling. Recognizing the changes that a new baby will bring allows for the clarification of needs and expectations, eases concerns, and fosters dialogue in an open, caring, and respectful way.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with women on their travels through the childbearing years, creating a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, and guiding them toward birthing and parenting with awareness.
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 individuals dealing with the emotional upheavals that commonly occur when facing challenges with fertility. I help mothers 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, includes, but is not limited to, the following services: