About Emily, Birth and Postpartum Doula
It's been a long and winding path to get to where I am as a doula, student midwife, childbirth educator, birth advocate, and future doula trainer. This path has included time as an infant care specialist on top of a mountain, doing legal research next to some midwives in Holland, launching a Meet the Doula and Midwives Night in a small town in Colorado, helping to start volunteer programs in Washington State, writing for Elephant Circle, and being puked on in hospitals right here in Berkeley. This work is never boring and there's never a time where I couldn't be learning more. That's why I love it!
Besides a background in early childhood education, I am a toLabor trained birth doula; have attended multiple trainings and workshops on breastfeeding, newborn digestive issues, sleep training, and infant massage; have attended Elizabeth Davis’ Heart and Hands Midwifery Intensives; studied midwifery abroad in Bali; attended Birthing From Within Mentor Workshops; attended Spinning Babies workshops; and just recently finished several midwifery sciences and nutrition courses for full spectrum support throughout the childbearing year.
Over the past 9 years of working as a doula and childbirth educator, I have served over 100 families, many on a volunteer and sliding-scale basis, attending births at over 15 hospitals and at home. I’m excited to be taking my work and training to a new level of technical and clinical training through a midwifery apprenticeship, as well as taking advantage of all the incredible research, innovation, and return to holistic care that exists in the Bay Area birth world.
Being active in this community is important to me. I am a part of the SF Doula Group, Bay Area Doula Network, East Bay Postpartum Doula Group, and regularly attend, peer reviews, help set up Meet the Doula Night events, and more. I also take on about 40% of my clients on a sliding scale each year.
Helping to build the next generation of doulas is my current passion. In this vein, I have been helping to build an in-house doula training program through the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco and starting a series of contract writing workshops for doulas with Community Well in San Francisco and BirthWays in Berkeley throughout the year. If you're a newer doula, or a doula at any stage of their career and want to be building better business skills and self care methods, I hope you will join me.
Why I rely on data from outside the United States:
- Trustline Certified
- Infant and Adult CPR Certified