postpartum doula, parent educator
how and why did i get here? Although my interest in little ones started much earlier, I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University. After Clemson, I taught kindergarten and 4 year old preschool at a public school in South Carolina before relocating to DC and returning to my first love; newborns. I took a position as a live-in nanny for an amazing family with a newborn and his 4 year old sibling and was introduced to my first real taste of Postpartum Care. I was able to work with and learn from other professionals in the newborn community. I later moved on to a local non profit and worked with expecting families and children up to age three as a home visitor/parent educator.
I decided to continue my parenting education journey by becoming a certified Postpartum Doula and focusing on guiding parents through the first few weeks of life with baby. Over my years of experience in this field, I have helped families of many different structures and needs; including two parent homes, same sex couples, single parents, families created through surrogates and adoption, and parents and children with special needs. I have worked with many organizations, hospitals, playgroups, and professionals in this area and make sure to keep my fingers on the pulse of the needs of the vibrant DC parenting community.
outside of working with new families, I am also the owner/director of Lemon Tree where I do all of the things.
When I am not with other families, I'm tightly wrapped around the fingers of my four nieces and nephews. I am thankful to their parents for letting me experiment with their childhood on a regular basis, as well as allowing them to start their modeling careers for when the bun is done's website. I live in Shaw, love exploring and getting to know all parts of DC, and am forever searching for the perfect chicken sandwich (currently: roaming rooster).