Certified Labor & Postpartum Doula

Doula Training International 2014-15

My Training
My Story

A native Texan, I attended a small Buddhist-inspired university in Boulder, Colorado, then moved to Oakland, California, in 2008 to complete my MFA in Poetry at Mills College.

 

As a long-time social justice advocate and former non-profit worker, I have extensive experience with people from a wide range of racial backgrounds, sexual and gender identities, and economic classes. I'm a skilled communicator with over two decades of community organizing experience. 

 

I'm also a big sister, an auntie, a feminist, an artist, and a justice-worker. My hobbies include gardening and permaculture, studying spirituality, massage, and cooking. I am also a rather rabid armchair astrologer...

My Philosophy

I truly believe that access to safe, healthy, and empowered birth is a key component to creating a just world. We have seen a dramatic increase in medical interventions in births over the last hundred years, in large part due to a culture of fear that has forgotten that giving birth is something that women have done well for millennia. 

 

It is my goal as a doula to help the mamas and families I work with regain a sense of trust in birth as a natural, magnificent part of the human journey. I support women to make birth plans they can believe in, and then I help them carry their plans out. In the event changes to the birth plan are necessary, I work to make sure families are allowed to make patient, informed decisions every step of the way.

Michelle Puckett

Birth Doula

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