About Michelle

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 8.32.26 AMI’m a PALS Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with a strong commitment to health activism and reproductive justice. I spent almost 10 years working in Restaurant Management & Holistic Nutrition when I reached a point of wanting deeper human connections and a more passion driven field. After experiencing the magic of childbirth myself, something clicked and I knew that Birthwork was where I was meant to be. Alongside Exhale: Body & Birth, I provide doula services to low-income and under-served communities within the non-profit organization Open Arms Perinatal Services. In addition, I’m also a Core Organizer with Full Spectrum Doula Collective helping folks across the pregnancy spectrum. I am called to birth work to exercise my feminism* by helping individuals find and use their voice, especially those who feel as though they don’t have one.

When I’m not at a birth, you can find me reading (currently reading Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty) or crafting things such as soaps and teas.

My wife and I are parents of our very energetic non-verbal ASD daughter. We’re always working to crush the stigma that comes with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and we’re very active in our local Autism Community.

Outside of birth work, you can usually find the me gardening, cooking, or exploring our incredible PNW! I live in the White Center neighborhood with my wife, our five year old daughter and, cat, two short-haired pointers named Eleanor & Amos.

*My feminism is always QTPOC-inclusive.