A little About Me

 Postpartum cuteness!

Postpartum cuteness!

I was born in New Jersey and am now based in Oakland, California. My family has roots in Puerto Rico and Poland and I am continuously reconnecting with my own history and cultural practices as well as other healing paths I have been fortunate to travel. I believe that we are our own healers and that all people deserve access to care that feels respectful, supportive, and empowering. I am  committed to making quality care accessible to all people, including those who have been marginalized by healthcare systems, particularly queer, trans, and POC communities.

For over eighteen years I have worked with children and families in home, community, non-profit, and educational settings. I took my first herbal medicine class as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz and shortly after college, I received my certification as a Prana Yoga instructor. As I learned more about it, I continued to feel drawn to birthwork and plant medicine, but I didn't see myself reflected in the people I saw practicing and receiving services, so I carried on as an educator and community organizer. Then I got to know a community of queer people of color doing healing and social justice oriented work in the San Francisco Bay Area and I couldn't ignore the call anymore. For the past few years, I have been able to spiral back into this work and put into practice my belief that reclaiming our ancestral wisdom and indigenous ways is an integral part of creating a more just and loving world for all people, beings, and the planet.

 Speaking on a panel of birthworkers of color for students from Oakland International High School.

Speaking on a panel of birthworkers of color for students from Oakland International High School.

I received my certification as a birth, labor, and postpartum doula and placenta encapsulator via Aurora Birth Journey. Shortly after, I joined the Roots of Labor Birth Collective, a group of doulas of color committed to caring for birthing members of our community who might not otherwise have access to such support services. I am also studying herbal medicine at Ancestral Apothecary, school of herbal, folk, and indigenous medicine and am building my line of herbal products.