who i am
When I was barely 14, I was bedside in a Jersey shore Labor & Delivery room, donning a neon yellow hospital bracelet with the words "LABOR COACH" as I watched my mom birth my little sister. I was in awe of the amazing power my mom had as well as the fact that I could do that too. Throughout attending a performing arts high school and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for a bachelor's degree in acting, I would spend my spare time watching The Business of Being Born over and over, learning the benefits of placenta encapsulation, dreaming of my far-off home birth the way most girls dream of their wedding, and talking with my professors about their experiences breastfeeding instead of Broadway. When I graduated NYU and had time to devote to birth work, I began my training the summer afterwards and have not looked back. I truly consider myself a birth activist; I am constantly arousing awareness of birth rights, choices, and promoting maternal-focused, evidence-based care. I am attending Rutgers University School of Nursing getting a second bachelor’s degree in nursing and have been referred for acceptance to the Rutgers School of Nursing Duel Doctorate of Nursing Practice program to become a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and licensed women’s health nurse practicer (LWHNP,) which I will be attending in 2020. When I'm not attending prentatal and postpartum visits, I'm dying my hair colors of the rainbow, wearing babies around the world, binge watching Gilmore Girls for the umpteenth time, knitting, getting/giving tattoos, and talking about breastfeeding, birth, and the choices we are lucky to have in both. I currently live in Jersey City with my fiancé and our rabbit, Glory, and kittens, Betelgeuse and Thackary.
how i think
As a birth worker, I firmly believe in the power of your body to grow, nourish, and birth your baby. I agree with Ina May's above quote: your body is able and capable to birth naturally with nurturing, evidence-based care. Many people may have opinions about where, when, and how you should birth your baby and I believe that journey is yours and yours alone; I am not here to have an opinion on you or your choices. I am here to be a non-judgmental part of your team. My goal is to make sure you have all of the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your birth choices, whether your journey may lead you to a water birth at home or an elective cesarean. I don't mind if you're a woman or a man that loves a woman or man or even loves no one but their baby(ies,) I am here to support lovely people through the most amazing life event you'll experience with as much love as a heart can hold.