I relentlessly persevered to find midwives to support me
in birth, and had a powerful experience. I found birth to be
transforming to who I was as a person, and wanted to share that positive aspect with others.
My first passion was to be a midwife. I began by supporting friends and my
sister in labor in 1981. And then, another child was on the way. While
pregnant with my second child, I studied with the Tacoma Childbirth Education
Association and began teaching childbirth preparation classes.
At this time, I was unable to afford midwifery school, so I decided to
pursue being a doctor. After three years of pre-med, I learned that being a
doctor wasn’t where my heart was at (and I still couldn't afford midwifery
school) so I worked in healthcare administration for the next 16 years. I left
that work in December 2000 before the birth of my third son, and decided to
return to my original passion and resumed teaching childbirth classes and became
a professional doula.
I became a certified doula in 2002, and am a
Certified Mentor with BIRTHING FROM
Because of my experience working with families in all stages of their parenting
journeys, and my interest in pre- and perinatal psychology, I began offering
pre-conception counseling in 2003. I expended my counseling services
to offer support to new families as they make decisions about their birthing
options, and to help families resolve disappointment or trauma after difficult
I am also fortunate to work with aspiring doulas
and midwives as an instructor at Bastyr University. At Bastyr University, I am an adjunct faculty member
in the Simkin Center, serving as Senior Instructor for the Birth Doula Skills
Workshop and Childbirth Educator Training.
In 2006 I fulfilled a years-long dream and held the first Sacred Doula Training
in Breitenbush Hot Springs. The joy I felt at manifesting this dream, and
the rewards from uniting with many other kindred spirits around the sacredness
of birth, made my heart swell and further ignited my fire to share my passion.
I now offer the Sacred Doula Training
annually each Spring.
My life's work is to heal the world and manifest peace by changing the nature of
modern birth practices. I presented my vision of Birth as a Peace Movement
at University of Washington in May 2006, and conducted advanced doula trainings on
Newborn Consciousness and Ensuring Gentle Birth for Babies.
My intention as a teacher, doula, and counselor is to facilitate self-discovery in others,
and to raise awareness of the consciousness of babies from pre-conception and
I derive my greatest joy witnessing the transformation a person goes
through in their parenting journey.
I am honored to be able to work with people at this incredible time in their
lives, to do what I love, and call it my ‘work’.
I am passionate about honoring our earth and our environment - the universe.
In 2009, I spent six months on a small permaculture farm in Snohomish, learning
how to raise small farm animals, my own food, and live in harmony with land.
I then created a suburban farm, and am now urban farming in Seattle, raising
chickens, ducks and rabbits and tending a large garden. Sustainable food
production, social justice regarding food access, and food as medicine are
current issues that I am working on. I try to raise as much of my own food
as possible, and recently became a certified Food Preservation Educator. I
love reading, learning from children, gardening, hanging out with trees, being in water, and sunshine.
I LOVE babies and would love to have had many more : )
Carrie's training and credentials