My passion for birth work started with my own births. I found a deep sense of accomplishment and joy with my first birth, and knew that I wanted to help open a similar space for others to encounter those feelings. After listening to many friends and family member’s birth stories, I also knew that the current maternal care establishment was not generally providing that space. There was work to be done! I believe in the capability of our bodies to labor and birth, I respect that birth has the capacity to be a rite of passage emotionally, and that perspective will ultimately serve the wider goal of not only a healthy baby, but a healthy family. I choose to honor all birthing choices--feeling honored in the birthing space will also help build a person’s confidence in the sometimes-difficult early days of their parenting journey. After two more births (one a home birth!), I chose to become a birth educator and doula.
I want to encourage you to feel empowered, in tune with your body, and to have agency over your birth and your choices. Let’s open the door for you and your new family to joy, connection, and love. Providing birthing people with education, physical comfort, emotional support, and the space to feel heard, feeds my passion for birth! I would be honored to be a part of your birth team.
I hold an undergraduate degree from Brown University in English and an MFA from George Washington University in Classical Acting. I know--it’s quite a diverse skill set -- that happens to lend itself quite well to birth work! I am a certified childbirth educator with Lamaze International, and a DONA trained doula. Additional training includes Spinning Babies®, a CAPPA breastfeeding workshop for birth workers, an Empty Arms Bereavement Support workshop, and am a Know Your Rights/Birth Monopoly graduate. I was also certified with the Bradley Method for many years. When I’m not busy helping families envision and realize their ideal births, I’m at home with my husband and three kids (and our cat, Niko). I also teach prenatal classes at Beverly Hospital.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in my classes or doula support!
Susanna, LCCE (she/hers)