Originally rooted in Denver, CO, she found her way to California with her family living in San Diego and then moving to Northern California several years later. Santa Cruz was her home during her university years – first as a student of Feminist Studies and Anthropology; then later as a program coordinator of the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Center.
While in Santa Cruz, Beth did advocacy work promoting healthy communities with an emphasis reproductive justice and healthcare access for marginalized folks. It was when a dear friend of hers became pregnant that she found the “doula path.” Beth took her first doula training and experienced her first birth as a doula. This experience rocked and amazed her – so she began to transition from higher education life to that of a sustainable doula.
It was at this time that Beth began exploring the healing arts community of Santa Cruz and found her other passion – herbal medicine. She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Beth had the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of Five Flavors Herbs, helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.
From 2006-2018, Beth practiced as a birth and postpartum doula and certified lactation educator counselor. During that time she began her lactation education via UC San Diego Lactation Program. While supporting new families, she was on her own reproductive journey to conceive. Her personal experiences of navigating the healthcare system, advocating for herself and learning what’s best for her well-being fuels her passion in supporting those navigating their own reproductive transitions.
In 2019, Beth became an IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She comes from a long lineage of breast/chest feeding supporters and her ancestors were wet-nurses in their communities. Helping new families feed their babies human milk is Beth’s calling and she is honored to support them on their lactation journey with skilled and kind care.