Serving Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Ulster, Northern NJ, parts of NYC & Virtual
I have the advantage of knowing birth from different perspectives ranging from providing direct client education and support to developing and administering programs that support healthy birth outcomes. I was an Online Learning Coordinator with the National College of Midwifery. I coordinated Perinatal Education and Human Lactation, and Communication and Counseling. I am a member of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY). I served two full terms as past president and one term as membership chair. I am a mature follower of Christ. I recognize the importance of honoring my faith in everything I do including working with families during the childbearing year. I strive to create an atmosphere built upon the fruit of the Spirit in order to have a dynamic impact on the health and wellness industry which includes birth. Declarative verse Philippians 2: 3
My daughter's birth was the catalyst that led me down the pathway to supporting women and families as a childbirth educator. I had never done something so challenging before yet I came away feeling empowered. I knew that if I could birth a baby there wasn't anything I couldn't do. I wanted other women to have the same awakening. This opened the door to subsequent training in various areas of perinatal education and support including perinatal fitness, labor support, and breastfeeding education. I also became heavily involved in advocating for access to community based midwifery care for every family that wants a midwife.
Throughout my career I have applied my training and knowledge to supporting families in the New York Metropolitan area. I have consistently educated them on the value of shared decision making, informed consent, and informed refusal during pregnancy and childbirth. I have administered programs and worked extensively across the country speaking, providing technical assistance, and training communities to address racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality and improve birth outcomes in the Black community. My professional partnerships have included co-creating the framework for a community based doula program, co-founding a doula group, collaborating on expanding an existing volunteer doula program, and co-designing a federally funded women's health initiative. I've harnessed my life experience and wisdom to mentor individuals aspiring to establish roots as birth workers
For two decades I have been involved with childbearing families as a childbirth educator, doula, and wellness educator. I have educated and supported hundreds of women and their families. I have advocated for better birth choices and equity locally and nationally. My substantial perinatal education training covers pregnancy, childbirth, early parenting, and breastfeeding. In addition to leading childbirth education workshops I help people maximize their personal and professional potential as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach and trained Wellness Coach. I hold a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from New York University. When I am not leading a class or working with clients, my fun-day may consist of hiking, hanging out with my grandson, reading, journaling, or enjoying good music.