I am currently accepting clients for doula services in the Chicago area and virtually. Learn more about my experience, services, and resources.
Racism and white supremacist ideology are the foundations of not only the United States as a whole, but the systems of medicine and care that are available to most birthing people here. I strive to support and amplify Black and Indigenous people who work to dismantle those systems. As a doula, I support birthing people who are particularly impacted by the racism of our medical systems, and strive to center antiracism in my practice.
As a white doula, I recognize that doula practice is built on the wisdom from generations of Black and Indigenous women, mothers, birthing folks, and communities. I am committed to honoring the legacies and practices of doulas and midwives of color as much as possible, and I hope to help connect every birthing person to a doula who shares their background and experience. To that end, I donate regularly to support the education and work of doulas and midwives of color and highlight opportunities for others to donate as well.
Queer, Trans, and Intersex Inclusion
The white supremacist ideology at the center of our country and systems of medicine and care also endanger queer people, especially trans, intersex, and non-binary birthing people. As a doula, I work to make sure all of my clients have inclusive care that honors their identities and experiences. As a non-binary femme, I am especially invested in providing informed care for trans and non-binary birthing folks and advocating for more inclusive care throughout the systems that harm us. I educate all clients on the harms of genital surgery on intersex infants and offer education on queer, trans, and intersex identities to clients.
Doula work is a form of collective care, a concept deeply rooted in disability justice. We all require community to thrive. As a disabled person, I have relied on the care of others throughout my life and am dedicated to providing care for others in my community. Disabled people face particular difficulties navigating the medical industrial complex, and I am positioned to work with other disabled people throughout the reproductive journey. Interdependent, cross-movement solidarity is essential as we push towards liberation.
Body mass index (BMI) is a tool of racism and discrimination. Created for and tested on white cis male bodies, it is not a medically sound measure of health. Furthermore, many of the health comorbidities associated with fatness can also be explained by the effect of toxic stress on the body that comes from experiencing fatphobia and navigating a world not built for fat bodies. As a smallfat and a person in recovery from a long-term eating disorder, I will never tell a client to lose weight. My practice is committed to body neutrality and fat liberation.
Preventing Trauma & Violence
Without protections, birth in the medical industrial complex can be traumatic. Obstetric violence is rampant, particularly against Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ2S+ birthing people. It can also bring up past experiences of sexual violence. As a survivor of sexual violence, engaging in trauma-informed, non-violent practices that center the consent of my clients is central to my practice. While we shouldn’t need doulas to act as a barrier between ourselves and violence during the birth process, I am well-equipped to do so. I educate all clients on their rights and practice trauma-informed care.
Respecting Indigenous Sovereignty & Knowledge
I am a settler living on land that was stolen from the Council of the Three Fires: Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. This land has also been home to Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox peoples. Members of these tribal nations were forcibly removed from this land by our settler colonial government following the Treaty of Chicago (1821) and have been kept from the land that was their home since time immemorial. Chicago today is home to a diverse community of Indigenous people whose ancestors come from all corners of Turtle Island, the land also called North America.
As a white settler living on this occupied land, I am committed to respecting Indigenous tribal sovereignty, working to restore lands to Native people, respecting Indigenous knowledge without appropriating customs or practices, and decolonizing spaces in which I work. I am also committed to helping birthing people find doulas and providers who share their backgrounds and experiences.