Statement About My Career
am a researcher, college faculty member, doula trainer, and educator focusing
on intimate relationships. I started out as a birth doula in 1988 and became
a DONA International birth doula trainer in 1997. Providing
doula care is still a satisfying part of my life. On my own and with my colleagues Karen Kohls, PT, Ruth
Ancheta, M.A., and Emily Shier, M.S., I have taught over fifty beginning doula training
the last few years, I have also published research on women's
sexual experiences (see the Publications page). I teach several psychology courses at Madison Area Technical College, including their Human Sexuality course. I am also an AASECT certified
teaching doula trainings, I also teach Parent and Infant
Attachment workshops for professionals who work with postpartum
families. I developed these workshops for the Family
Living program division of the University of Wisconsin-Extension
main areas of research are on effective labor support by
doulas and the psychological needs of mothers and fathers
during their labor and birth experience. I completed my dissertation in June 2010 in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison (see the Publications page). So far I have completed
interviews with 58 doulas, 30 mothers, 18 fathers, and 6
nurses from all over North America. One article has been published and others are
currently in different phases of the submission process.
I was raised in San Jose and in the Napa Valley of California. My grandparents lived in Napa
for over fifty years and I am a frequent visitor to the area. I
have also spent a great deal of time in San Francisco and
can get around without GPS!
I have three young adult children who all reside in Wisconsin. One of my lesser known talents is that I like to renovate houses that are in poor shape.
Articles About Me (Yes, I've been in newspapers and
I have had the good fortune to attract attention because of my unique career and mix of interests.
Wisconsin State Journal
What I Do: Doula Trainer, Wisconsin State Journal, April 2006
I am quite pleased about the article in the Wisconsin State Journal about my work as a doula trainer.
Let's Talk About Sex, The Clarion, February 2006
The student newspaper, The Clarion, published an "Ask The Expert" column about sexual kinks a few weeks after I started teaching at Madison Area Technical College. The article is about 80% accurate in quoting me correctly. One item that is correct: I did say that if everyone had one orgasm a day that the world would be a different place!
Mother Love, Brava, Encore Edition, 2007-2008
Encore! is an annual published by the Wisconsin magazine, Brava, which highlights "Extraordinary Women In Our Midst". I am honored to be chosen as one of sixteen women for the inaugural edition in 2007.
Madison area offers doulas to support new moms, Madison Area Neighbors, May 2007
Gulfshore Life Magazine
"Island Makeover: A Beachfront Condo Blossoms With A Top to Bottom Remodeling", April 2002
Before it became popular, one of my hobbies was to extensively
remodel homes that were damaged or badly in need of updating. This
articles illustrates a vacation condominium that I stripped and
remodeled in a fanciful style with my co-conspirator and good friend,
Rita Britt of Britt Interiors.
Milwaukee Journal (Home Section)
Up From Underground: How a '70s Innovation Has Stood The Test Of Time, October 16, 1988
In the 1980's, we lived in an earth home in rural Dane County. This
article chronicled the water leakage problems we had and the plight
of earth homes in general. This is the house that took me from a
reluctant to an enthusiastic remodeler.