Michelle completed her doula training at Bastyr University’s Simkin Center. She provides Birth & Postpartum Doula Care, Placenta Encapsulation, Full Spectrum Support & Personal Chef Services. She approaches her doula work from an inclusive view point and is incredibly passionate about supporting all pregnancy experiences and family structures. She welcomes all birthing outcomes, with or without medical intervention, whether that’s physiological or cesarean birth. She is committed to being an LGBTQ-inclusive doula and understands that the journey through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum can feel like navigating the unknown. She offers families non-judgemental, unbiased and informative care to help you have a positive, supported experience every step of the way. Michelle enjoys attending trainings as well as staying up-to-date on current research to be able to provide you with evidence-based support. She was an Intern at MAIA Midwifery helping facilitate LGBTQ-centered childbirth classes as well as a Class Assistant for Penny Simkin’s Homebirth & Hospital Series. She is trained in acupressure, spinning babies, reflexology, rebozo & TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) use for labor. She also has experience using mindfulness, massage, grounding encouragement & breathing exercises. She is commonly described by her colleagues, providers & families as a “calm presence”. Giving back to the community is something Michelle values; she is a member of PALS’s Race Equity Committee (REC), a Core Organizer with Full Spectrum Doula Collective, a member of the Prison Doula Project as well as a Volunteer Birth Doula serving underrepresented communities with Open Arms Perinatal Services. When Michelle is not attending births, she enjoys bouldering at SBP, meditating and decompressing in nature. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with her wife, their daughter, cat and two dogs.