As a birth doula with DONA International (www.dona.org), I aspire to help women throughout pregnancy and birth have a positive, empowering experience during an important life event. Through my own births and journey into motherhood, I found yoga prepared me both emotionally and physically for birth and parenthood. It is my hope to share this with women through prenatal yoga and as a birth doula. I experienced the many benefits of bringing my baby to the yoga mat from the beginning and love seeing new moms gaining confidence and balance through mom and baby yoga.
I was fortunate to have a very supportive birth team helping me give birth in Shanghai, China. Although my OB team had never heard of Hypnobirthing, had a 65% elective cesarean rate and were not used to many of the ideas in my birth plan, they listened and supported me in the way my births unexpectedly unfolded. The essence of birth is something that brought us together in a way no other event could no matter our differences in culture. From this experience of feeling supported in birth, I was led to become a birth doula and help women also feel supported and empowered with their birth and birth choices no matter the outcome.
After graduating with a BS in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I worked in a biology lab at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. I took my interest in health science to Shanghai, China in 2001 where I worked for Operation Smile in development and education. I completed my yoga teacher training in Ubud, Bali in 2004 with Yoga Arts of Byron Bay, Australia and began teaching thereafter in Shanghai, China. In 2005, I cofounded OM Room Yoga and OM Baby Yoga in 2011. I continued studies in yoga therapy with TKV Desikachar and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India in 2007 and 2008. I also began studies in Vipassana meditation at Dhamma Sota in Sohna, India in 2008. I am a E-RYT 200 and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org).
I recently completed studies with UC San Diego as a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC) to further support women with breastfeeding. After 14 years in Shanghai, China, my family and I moved to Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015. I look forward to supporting women through their journey of pregnancy, birth and into motherhood.