I wrote the Build Your Nest workbook as a mother with my own postpartum experiences, listening to the struggles and triumphs of other parents.
In 2016 I presented on postpartum planning at a birth conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the workbook is available in the Russian language. What I am finding is that there is a nearly universal need for greater focus on the postpartum time.
I am super excited to be part of a growing cultural movement that honors and celebrates mothers.
I have completed two doula trainings, first in 1997 and then in 2017. I have degree in dance and have studied many movement forms. I’ve worked as a massage therapist and had the honor to spend a month assisting midwife Angelina Martinez Miranda in Mexico.
Currently, I live in the country on the Oregon coast, near Astoria, with my husband and our two children. We make handmade paper lights and homeschool. I am a La Leche League leader and certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator and offer postpartum steam packages, as well as postpartum planning consults.
Since the first birth I attended in 1997, I have been drawn to the childbearing realm, but it wasn’t until I had my own that I realized how important the postpartum time is. Within 10 days of giving birth, I was on a construction site, looking at the ceiling where one of our custom lights would be installed. When my son was 4 weeks old, I was helping create a community performance project and up late writing press releases. It was too much. I had the idea that jumping back into everything quickly, was natural and showed how well I had adjusted to motherhood. I paid for it hard. Those first weeks and months were so much harder than giving birth. Nearly four years later, I gave birth to our daughter.
This time, I planned. I cleared my plate. I called in help. And it was such a sweet, sweet time.
These experiences set me on a mission to help other mothers have more rest and support. To this end I have written the Build Your Nest ~ a postpartum planning workbook.