“Cindy believes deeply that an empowered birth experience creates strong, empowered parents who are more confident and better equipped for a new phase of life filled with challenges and joy. She helps ensure this empowerment through relationship-based care that is tailored to the needs of each client and their individual needs, desires, and choices, whatever they may be. Cindy provides nurturing education, support, and a safe space to grow as women and their families find the strength that is uniquely theirs.”
Cindy’s Approach to Doula Work
In her 13 years working as a doula, Cindy has supported a diverse array of growing families through the transformative and powerful process of becoming parents. Her trust in the beauty and normalcy of birth and belief in the strength of women drives her work.
As each birth story unfolds, she draws on her experience, intuition, and deep knowledge of the physiology of birth to provide a variety of support measures. These include emotional support and a loving, reassuring presence; touch, massage, and other physical comfort measures; positioning, relaxation, and breathing techniques; protection of the birth space and facilitation of an oxytocin-friendly environment; support and guidance for the partner. In addition, she is skilled at providing evidence based, non-biased information for informed decision making and clarification as well as facilitation of communication with the medical team.
Cindy is experienced in hospital birth as well as home and birth center birth and feels honored to support the myriad of choices that families make. She thinks all types of families are beautiful. She has specific training working with survivors of abuse and mamas hoping for a VBAC and feels especially drawn to these situations.
Cindy is passionate about preparing families for a restful and restorative postpartum and offers placenta encapsulation to help ease the postpartum transition and speed recovery.
Cindy has been fascinated by the physiology of birth since childhood. After the birth of her first child, this fascination became a passion. She began to study childbirth education, breastfeeding counseling, and prenatal fitness, and these eventually led her to doula work — a perfect fit!
Over the years, Cindy has attended a multitude of enriching workshops and trainings to deepen her skills and understanding. From her first DONA doula training years ago to her breastfeeding education to her midwifery education, every experience informs and adds dimension her practice.
Cindy has been in Portland for six years, having previously lived in San Diego. In addition to doula work, she attends births as an apprentice to a local midwife. When not attending births, she loves to hang out with her partner and their four amazing kids. She loves to dance, sew, and shop for vintage wonders, and enjoys getting out and exploring new places.
Photos of Cindy in Action
“My husband and I hired Cindy for the birth of our first child. Cindy was so easy to talk to, kind, compassionate and knowledgeable – we felt comfortable with her from our first interview and learned so much from her during our prenatal visits. We had a long labor and throughout felt like we had the best support from Cindy. She patiently worked with us and helped us make informed decisions and I can’t imagine having done it without her. Cindy’s visits after our birth were a wonderful chance to talk about being a new parent and share our excitement and love for our newborn. We loved Cindy and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to other parents.”
– Mom, 2014
“Cindy was a warm, wise presence in our childbirth experience, from prenatal counseling through the birth and afterwards. With her calming influence, I was able to bring our daughter into the world without pain medication and with strength I did not even know I had in me. She also managed to be part of the team while making sure my husband had a crucial role in keeping me focused and energized. She was a great advocate for us in the hospital, with both our doctor and nurse later commenting that she was excellent to work with and really good at what she does. Cindy was also an amazing and trustworthy resource for information regarding pregnancy and newborn care. We cannot recommend her any more highly.”
– Mom, 2014
“Our little one arrived almost five weeks early. We were unprepared in so many ways, but we had hired Cindy. We discovered that we didn’t need a crib, or a completed nursery, or even a stroller right away, but we did need an amazing doula.
For us Cindy offered a calm and knowledgeable presence throughout the birth and in the weeks following the arrival of our little guy. With Cindy’s support and our Hypnobabies tools, we had a beautiful, peaceful birth experience. And in the weeks following, Cindy was available to answer our random questions and be the cheerleader we needed as we struggled with breastfeeding, jaundice and other preemie-related challenges.
There are so many things that new parents really don’t need, but we are totally convinced that investing in a doula is essential, and Cindy was the perfect fit for us.”
– Mom, 2015
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