today i am me

My love of health started with feeding my dolls “medicine” made of torn up mint and basil from the summer garden and fennel seeds from my mother’s spice jars. I bandaged scrapes with lambs’ ears leaves and rubbed beeswax & rosemary salve into rashes and scars, always playing the apothecary. I remember first falling in love with the human body in fifth grade as we traced the flow of blood through the heart and as my doctors explained genetics and bone growth to me. After four years studying neuroscience & music at Dartmouth College, I still think that synapses are the most beautiful biological structures.

Today, I build my home in the art and science of bodies and healing -- the stunning architecture of sexuality & reproduction, the vulnerability of identity, the strength of relationships & collective feminism, and the elegant & imperfect chaos of humanity.


education

I am a candidate for a masters in public health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. My academic focus is on the intersectionality of reproductive and sexual health: how can we promote safe, consensual, joyful, and empowering reproductive experiences for all people across all spectrums of life?

The future of health is preventive and holistic, and I am so inspired by the work of midwives and other community health care workers.


doula

As a full spectrum birth & abortion doula and a future midwife, I believe in the strength inherent in vulnerability. My work centers around non-judgmental support and empowered choice. I have adopted the definitions of reproductive justice from the SisterSong collective and of radical doulas from Miriam Zoila Perez.

Above all, I take my definition of the fundamental human right to health from the World Health Organization and from the United Nation’s universal declaration of human rights:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.