Body Positive Baby is here to support you along your journey. Wether you are preparing to welcome a new member to your family, are wanting to heal your relationship with food and your body, or both, you are in the right place.
Choices about pregnancy and birth are the first major parenting-decisions that you will face. And, just like parenting, there is no one right or wrong way to do it. Our classes aim to give you the information and resources that will help you navigate these many choices, before, during, and after the birth of your child.
Is your relationship with food or your body causing you stress, pain, or confusion? Eating Psychology offers a new approach to todays most common and compelling food and body concerns. These unique tools and techniques can offer freedom and healing from your food and body concerns in ways that work for you and the needs of your unique body.
I am a mother of six, childbirth educator and Body Positive facilitator in the Bay Area, and I have a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. I became interested in childbirth and birth work at the young age of seven when my eldest sister had her first baby. In 2005, I became a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator and worked teaching and doing doula work for about 8 years. During this time, I discovered Health at Every Size and body positivity after an intense experience with dieting that didn't end well. While a student at UC Berkeley I co-created and led a Body Positive class and have helped facilitate a number of workshops through the organization The Body Positive.
In 2013, I took a break from doula work to have a few babies of my own. I have three babies that I have given birth to, plus three bonus babies. Each of my pregnancies and births, and all of my experiences as a mother, have been uniquely beautiful and challenging and have caused me to grow and get to know myself more deeply than I ever expected or thought possible. My commitment to self-love, and forgiveness that I learned through The Body Positive has been invaluable and has seen me through it all.
The journey of parenthood is the most beautiful, challenging, precious, painful, and magnificent journey that I can fathom. Perhaps the most profound gift that parenting has given me is deep compassion and empathy for all human beings. While teaching about the stages of labor and the best ways to support a laboring person, I am acutely aware of the fact that I am not just getting people ready for a major life event, but I am preparing them for a life-altering experience that will forever change them and the way they view and interact with themselves, their children, partners, families, and the world. I love my work and am humbled and honored to be a part of this journey for parents. Plus, I just love being around pregnant bellies!
“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”