All About Joie
In 2017, I became a mother to my beautiful son, Robbie, while active duty in the Navy. During that time I unfortunately experienced some complications that left me feeling confused, so I did what I always do when I have a problem. I started reading. I learned all I could about pregnancy, birth and postpartum and I became fascinated with this world. When my son was a year old, I realized that I should turn my passion into a career as a doula. Out of this whole complex, beautiful and transformative experience I developed my passion for supporting pregnant, birthing and postpartum people and their families both face to face and as an advocate for all.
I started my journey by taking both birth and postpartum doula trainings through the Simkin Center at Bastyr University. At the same time I started the process of becoming a La Leche League leader. I had found support there as a new parent and eventually found myself giving support. Since then I have begun the certification process as a full spectrum doula through Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings, as well as beginning the process to certify as a doula and mentor through Birthing From Within. I also completed a course of study through Postpartum Support International to specialize in working with families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as completing several trainings on birth trauma. My passion for advocacy has led me to complete courses through both Evidence Based Birth and Birth Monopoly, two fantastic organizations working to improve pregnancy, birth and postpartum outcomes for everyone. I have begun to channel my passion by volunteering at the first biennial PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) conference and attending the 2019 Postpartum Support International conference. I also became involved as a volunteer with Perinatal Support Washington. My background includes experience in elementary and special education in addition to my nine years of Naval service in a high-pressure field. During my time in the military I also served as a Navy victim advocate. I am thrilled to be able to bring my experience and my passion to supporting birthing people and their families.