I am a native of Northern California and have lived in Dobbs Ferry, NY with my husband, violinist Calvin Wiersma, for the last 27 years. We have the privilege of being parents to two delightful children Rebecca (24) and Gabriel (22) who continue to amaze us each day. In addition to my work as a childbirth educator and a birth doula, I was a violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City for 27 years. The birth of my daughter and becoming a mom was transformative. Part of what made the experience so powerful was the amazing childbirth classes I took, the support from my husband and my friend who attended my birth, and the continuous belief from my midwives that birth is a normal physiological process. After giving birth I knew in my heart that I wanted to offer support and to help guide expectant couples in the incredibly powerful journey of pregnancy, labor, and birth.