I have been working as a birth doula in Austin for about 13 years.
My bachelors degree is inÂ TranspersonalÂ Psychology fromÂ NaropaÂ University in Boulder, CO. Â http://www.naropa.edu/ That gave me a foundation in holistic health that excited and inspired me.
The first birth I attended in 1997 was that of a friend. Â While I was on a trajectory towards a helping profession, after that event , I knew that it would be related to birth. Â I was floored with the power of a woman in labor. Â I continue to be.
I am also a registered massage therapist and studying Biodynamic Craniosacral Bodywork. Â My practice as a body worker is, for the time being, Â limited to working with women in their childbearing year.
Lanell and I have inspired, encouraged, and accompanied each other in our birth work and friendship for over 10 years. Â Conscious Birthing Austin came about 6 or 7 years ago when, as doulas, were inspired to create our own curriculum for a childbirth preparation series. Â We both went on to initiate training from Birthing From Within. Â I completed Level I and continue to develop myself as a childbirth educator.
I am ecstatic to be a mom to a vibrant and amazing 6 year old boy and a beautiful 2 year old girl. Â My experience as a mother informs my professional life in innumerable ways. Â My husband Eric Â http://ericbillig.com/Â is a loving, talented and supportive partner. Â We love many things about our life and living in Austin.