A Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Birth Doula and Certified Yoga Teacher specializing in Mother-Baby Massage; Pregnancy Yoga and Massage; Infant Craniosacral and Pelvic floor strengthening.
I'm passionate about home birth and serving Woman and their families.
I became a Mother for the first time in 2001 to my Daughter, via Cesarean.
In 2009 I miscarried and delivered my second baby.
In 2014 I birthed my Rainbow baby, a Daughter through a powerful hospital transfer VBAC.
In 2016 I gave birth to my one and only Son at home in the birthing tub after 4 hours of beautiful labor.
In 2018 I gave birth to my third Daughter at home after a quick and intense precipitous labor just as the barometric pressure was changing and a storm rolled in.
I believe in Women and their strength. As a Birth Worker, I believe in a hands off approach, appreciating the patience of observation but here to serve and support when the birthing Mother desires it.
I've attended several births including home birth, home birth transfers and planned hospital births.
All in all, I believe in you and the power you hold within yourself.
I hail from the magnificent city of Philadelphia and am newly residing in the Quad Cities.
After having my first baby at 16, I began doulaing which quickly led to apprenticing with a midwife in Central PA. After a few years and many, many births, my path diverged and I attended Penn State University. Upon graduation, I forged a career in Philadelphia’s non-profit world.
I am raising six children and one bonus son, ranging in age from 18 to two. I have had a wide range of birthing and parenting experiences, lending perspective to the nuances of pregnancy, birth, parenting, and life in general.
I believe deeply in the autonomy people deserve over their bodies and healthcare, as well as the ways in which each person understands their own lives and needs best.
I love cooking, baking, working/playing with herbs, reading, writing, yoga, learning Gaeilge (Irish), Philly sports, and all sorts of other things. I am super excited to be back on the midwifery path and feel meeting Melanie when I did was serendipitous!