I was born and raised in Boston, and after five years of travel I found myself back in my home-city. I graduated from Pitzer College with degrees in Environmental Analysis and Gender and Feminist Studies. As far back as I can remember, and through my own experiences and challenges with allopathic medicine, I have become interested in health and healing, particularly through yoga, food, and herbal remedies.
I have always been intrigued by birth. Legend has it that when I came downstairs to my mother in labor with my brother (I wasn’t even two!), I looked at her, mid-contraction, and said “Mumma, you push that baby out now.” He was born less than an hour later! In the third grade, my family fostered a cat that had five kittens. Angel Memorial deemed my mom and me the “kitty midwives,” as they coached us in assisting the young cat delivering her five babies.
As an adult, I’d strayed away from my interest in birth. Yet things kept happening that drew me back to this transitional experience in women's lives. In 2010, I lived in Ecuador and had a friend who worked at a vertical birth clinic for native Kichwa women. I remember thinking, “that’s cool. I want to do that!” During my undergraduate studies, a professor showed the films “The Business of Being Born” and “Babies.” I considered taking a biology class, but remained very engrossed in social sciences. The following year, I was cast in the Vagina Monologues with the birth monologue, and finally I gave in. I remember thinking to myself, “okay world, I hear you. I’ll do it.”
I changed my course of study and focused my degree in Gender and Feminist Studies on birth experiences, extensively exploring and researching non-normative family structures, gender paradigms in relation to partner-led birth techniques, race relations in U.S. hospitals, and non-female identifying birthers. In 2014, I completed birth doula training and I am certified through DONA International. After attending my first birth, I was wonderstruck by the courage and capability the mother demonstrated. Her body knew. She knew. All she needed was someone to reassure her that she was capable of delivering her baby.
I knew this was my calling.
In 2015, I completed my postpartum doula training with Michelle L’Esperance of Warm Welcome Birth Services. In addition to the birth experience, I am passionate about the transitional postpartum period for birthers and their families.
When people hear about my job, they always exclaim, “Wow! You must love babies!” It’s true, I do love babies, but that’s not the reason I was called to this work. I believe in women, and I believe in birthers; I believe in their strength, ability, and intuition in one of the most transitional periods of their lives. Women and pregnant people deliver their babies; not the provider, not the doula, not the partner. I am here merely as a witness, an encourager, and a believer in a family's capacitiy to evolve in these precious moments when parenthood grows.
After four years of doula service in Boston, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue a BSN/MSN in Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I have limited availability in Philadelphia, but would love to hear from you to explore doula support.
Outside of the birth realm, I practice and teach yoga diligently, and am a recently certified RYT-200 hour (see yoga for more on practice and classes). I love to cook and explore farmers' markets, and have extensive experience creating nourishing vegetarian and vegan meals, as well as special diet foods. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, making pottery, dabbling in herbalism, and hiking. I am grateful for this work, and humbled by the families who choose me as a witness and contributor to their childbirth experience. I look forward to hearing from you.
Lily, CD(DONA), RYT-200 hr