My journey into birth work began with the home birth of my son in 1994 in Omaha. I was fortunate to receive excellent care from a skilled and sensitive midwife, whose gentle and respectful guidance allowed me to fully experience birth as a sacred and transformative event. I strive to carry this attitude into my work as a birth attendant, bodyworker, and educator.
I hold a PhD in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa, where I continue to teach as an adjunct professor. As an interdisciplinary scholar, my areas of interest include: feminist theory, the anthropology of childbirth and reproduction, women's health activism, postcolonialism and antiracism, and the history of medicine.
My 2012 doctoral dissertation, Reproductive Justice and Childbirth Reform: Doulas as Agents of Social Change, examines the roles of doulas as advocates for reproductive and social justice. I am happy to speak about doulas, midwifery, reproductive justice, or the history and politics of childbirth in classes, groups, or educational events.