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The first step to investing in your family’s fourth trimester wellbeing is a brief, free phone consultation with me so we can get acquainted.

I appreciate the opportunity to meet you and your family before your new baby is born. But it’s never too late to get help, even after your baby has arrived. If you feel caught in a fourth trimester riptide, you are not alone. I can help. Please use the form below to get the conversation started. I’ll get right back to you with next steps for a practical, personalized postpartum plan.


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About me

I am the mother of two sons. My eldest was stillborn in 2009, and my youngest is a cheeky, curious, funny second 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 chair of the Maine state chapter of 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 pantry.

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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