I believe strongly in compassionate support based on an individuals choices around pregnancy and birth, and will dive deep to find the best ways to attend to families during this profound time of transformation. I will cultivate a space for conversations based in strength and empowerment through attentive listening, tenderness, and by offering tools for balanced self-care. The childbearing years are sacred times to welcome a child, and include a passage for the entire family into a new realm of existence.
I support autonomous pregnancy and birth choices, and hold space for discussions around both evidence based and heart centered practices. I will also assist with breastfeeding, nutrition, self-care practices, prenatal and postpartum yoga classes, baby wearing, co-sleeping, newborn care, and basic household duties while transitioning into life with a newborn, whether you are a brand new parent or a parent of many!
Childbirth mentoring and doula support are inclusive to all birthing people and their families regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, and birth choice. I will support families during miscarriage or abortion. I offer private, small group, and virtual prenatal and postpartum yoga classes, and I lead virtual and in-person circle for the mothering community to lean on and learn from each other. All of my offerings come with a 30-minute free consultation.
With an understanding of the baby blues and signs of perinatal anxiety and mood disorder, I believe that compassionate in-person care is the most effective mode of safe keeping. I aim to normalize and support the variety of emotions that come up during this time. This is especially crucial considering Covid-19 and all of the changes we are all experiencing. I can offer suggestions for nutritional and herbal support, guided meditations for anxiety, and/or early referrals to mental health care providers which can be life saving for birthing people and their newborn babies.
Sheaffer is such a warm and kind person, and she makes you feel as if you’ve been friends for years. She was so knowledgeable and also very supportive and nonjudgmental about my choices that I made for my pregnancy and birth experience. During my labor and birth, she was attentive and helpful, and she helped me make important decisions by informing me about my options and the risks and benefits of each option. I will definitely ask her to be my doula for my next baby!
My journey into birth work has been inspired along my own path to motherhood. My care for you is guided by my intuition, and is supported by my trainings in childbirth education, doula support & mentorship, and yoga. The births of my children have been deeply heartfelt experiences that continue to lead me to improve upon my perception of birth, advocacy, self empowerment, the mind-body connection, attachment parenting, slow postpartum, and creating community in parenting. Prior to birth work, I spent a number of years in Early Childhood Education where I taught from the Montessori method. This experience has significantly informed my own mothering, and the consulting & mentoring I offer. My gypsy spirit has taken me to many beautiful states from the East Coast to the West Coast, and everywhere in between, calling Santa Fe home since 2016. I am a rustic home cook with a passion for plant based foods. I am a seeker of spirit. I love yoga, reading, travel, camping, and growing a garden full of flowers and herbs. My husband and I live in the country where we are backyard farmers with two free ranging dogs and five children!
Adult-Child-Infant CPR, First Aid, & Choking Safety Certified
200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Yoga by Julia, Albuquerque, NM
Certified Birth Doula
Birth Arts International
Certified Postpartum Doula
Birth Arts International
CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator