I am the mother of two sons. My eldest was stillborn in 2009, and my youngest is a cheeky, curious, funny first grader. Losing my firstborn cracked my heart and my world wide open. Having my second child taught me how fully joy and laughter could coexist with grief.

I have a bachelor of arts degree in the Humanities with a minor in Classics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master of science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Yes, I do read a lot.

Before launching Ballast & Buoy, I was (and remain at heart) a librarian. The founding principle of librarianship is “a place for everything and everything in its place,” and that philosophy is central to my postpartum practice. I’m good at organizing, and I love doing it.

I am a Gottman Institute certified educator in Bringing Baby Home and a Maine state coordinator for Postpartum Support International. I am also certified as a postpartum doula (CPD) through CAPPA. This means that I am well versed in newborn care, the physical and emotional care of new mothers, pediatric CPR, and staying connected to your partner during the childbearing year.

I believe in the curative powers of a good laugh, a long walk, and a short nap.

I think that coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are the MacGyvers of the medicine cabinet.

My ideal dinner party would include Phryne Fisher, Frankie Landau-Banks, Issa Rae, the Notorious RBG, Paris Geller and Lane Kim, the Kipling brothers, Hermione Granger, Flight of the ConchordsLuvvie Ajayi, and Ze Frank.

I am 50% introvert and 50% rock star.

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