It seems that wherever my path takes me, I am led to teaching for the purpose of supporting, encouraging, and empowering people to accomplish the amazing things they don’t always realize they are capable of.read more
My background includes hundreds of hours of training and three certifications in childbirth and hypnosis. I am a Hypnobabies® childbirth educator (HCHI), hypno-doula (HCHD), and certified hypnotherapist (CHt). I have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and have enjoyed incredible teaching experiences, including ten years as an instructor at UC Berkeley.But by far the most important and rewarding thing I have put my teaching energy towards was kindled by my own beautiful birth experiences: guiding growing families through the incredible journey of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.I am the mom of three energy-filled, joy-filled boys. I prepared for and birthed all three –one in a hospital and two at home — using Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis, so I enjoy being not only an instructor but also a dedicated mentor to Hypnobabies moms who choose to birth in a variety of settings.I am humbled and deeply moved by the transformative power of birth, by the sacred and almost other-worldly nature of an individual experience that is, at the same time, a very ordinary part of our collective experience as mothers.I also truly enjoy giving birth. In the hours, days, and months following each of my three births I was left nostalgically wishing I could do it all over again, and I am passionately inspired to help other women experience birth as a beautiful, comfortable, and joyful process that they, too, might wish to experience over and over again.Although my perspective may seem unusual, it is not uncommon among moms who prepare for their births with Hypnobabies, a program that both trains our minds to work gracefully with our bodies to enjoy birth in comfort, and also provides comprehensive childbirth education so that moms and birth partners feel knowledgeable and prepared for all possibilities in birth.This is why I am so honored to teach Hypnobabies and support women as they become mothers (whether for the first or fifth time), gently bringing their babies into the world with so much joy.Whether through Hypnobabies or another method that resonates with them better, I wish all women could have transformative, empowering, comfortable, and joyful birth experiences, and I feel grateful to contribute to that through the services I am offering now.