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About me

I grew up in the beautiful foothills of Grass Valley, California. My Mexican-Italian-American maternal lineage taught me multiple ways of caring for self and family. I recently earned an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in Vermont. During school, I kept a strong focus on antiracist maternal and child health. My studies carried me to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Argentina. In this life-long work, I'm dedicated to understanding the psychology and recovery of trauma in relation to race, birth, and the feminine experience. In my practice, I emphasize one's unique bodily wisdom, which I aim to support with evidence-based health care practices and an awareness of social and economic factors that may affect one’s birth experience in the U.S. I believe deeply in the power of community, practicing joy, and following the body's natural process as a model for supportive care.

In addition to birth work, I dance for several companies throughout the Bay Area and am also a youth and adult movement instructor for the SF-based nonprofit Project Commotion. The classes I teach combine dance, yoga, and breathing techniques. Outside of the studio, you'll find me cooking or hiking in the Berkeley hills!

I love both dance and birth for the same reasons. They deal with the essential elements of life: the moving body, instinct, connection, and love.

 
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Education and Training

Birth Advocacy Full Spectrum Doula Training in progress (2020)

Lactation Education Counselor Training in progress (2020)

SF General Hospital Postpartum Doula training (2020)

Yiska Obadia Comforting Touch Measures Workshop (2019)

Cornerstone Postpartum Doula (2019)

Birth Doula Training with Felicia Roche (2016)

Early Childhood Movement Instructor (2019-present)

Preschool Teaching Assistant (2015-19)

Suma cum laude, B.A. Neuroscience, Middlebury College (2019)

Pediatric CPR with AED & First Aid Training (2019)

Volunteer doula, Hospital Ramón Sardá, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018)

CDC Young Scholars Program (2017)

Kennedy Krieger Institute Maternal & Child Health Scholar (2017)

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Nutrition Intern (2017)

Hatha Yoga Instructor though Global Yoga Shala (2014)

Hablo un nivel intermedio / avanzado de español

 

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Portraits by Jacqueline Castillo

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