I believe strongly in compassionate support based on evidence, and will dive deep to find the best ways to attend to families during this profound time of transformation. I aim to assist in cultivating 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.
My ultimate work is in supporting and honoring families in their choices during pregnancy, birth, and in the postpartum. I will support, trouble shoot, and lend tips and tricks for the beginning of your breastfeeding journey. I will also assist with 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 classes 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 lead virtual and in-person circle for the parenting community to lean on and learn from each other. And I offer private, small group, and virtual prenatal and postpartum yoga classes. All of my offerings come with a 30-minute free consultation.
With an understanding of the baby blues and signs of depression, Doula care in the postpartum period is the first line of defense in providing references to parents who may be struggling. This is especially crucial during this time of 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 profound experiences that continue to lead me to deeper education around 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 I can offer to friends and clients. 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 love yoga, reading, travel, camping, and growing a garden full of flowers and herbs. My family 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