Like the majority of my client’s babies, I was born in Boston.
I grew up playing with poke berries and prunella in Southeastern, MA, and always visited Boston a few times per year. I’ve been living in this city (in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and Hyde Park) for 10 years. These days, I am a full-time birth-and-herb-worker. Since my birth doula training in 2010, I have been supporting Boston-area families through pregnancy, labor, and the “babymoon” postpartum. In any given month, I may attend births, encapsulate placentas, provide in-home care for postpartum families, schmooze at local events for parents to meet doulas, teach herbal workshops and still manage to drink a daily quart of medicinal tea.
To read some kind words from clients who I’ve worked with, check out my testimonials page.
Along side my birth and postpartum doula practice, I volunteer with the Boston Abortion Support Collective (BASC). This group provides free emotional, physical and practical support for people having abortions in the Boston area. With BASC, I help facilitate trainings and relationships with local Boston clinics. Full-spectrum doulas advocate for clients with compassion through a range of reproductive experiences.
With my background in crisis counseling, I provide empowering and client-focused care in all that I do. I consider it a privilege to be able to support survivors of abuse, low-income folks and the LGBTQ community. About one third of my birth doula clients self-identify as LGBTQ (and I do, too)! Check out the toLabor doula podcast that featured me on their episode about supporting queer families.
When I’m not busy with herbwifery and doula work, I enjoy spinning wool, learning about local labor history and making junk foods into real foods.
Where I teach and have taught:
Herbstalk Conference, Somerville, MA (2016, 2017)
CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, Brookline, MA (2015-2016)
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Amherst, MA (2016)
The Second Step program, Newton, MA (2015)
North Shore Meetup for Doulas, Lactation Consultants and Midwives, Topsfield, MA (2014)
Minton Stable Community Garden herb walks, Jamaica Plain, MA (2012-2014)
I do travel around New England and occasionally elsewhere to teach workshops on fertility awareness, cervical self-exam, herbalism for reproductive health, full-spectrum doula support, and other topics. If you’d like to organize something in your area, reach out!
Emma’s Training and Education
Spinning Babies with Lorenza Holt in Brookline, MA, 2016
80 hour Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification through Sam Cauffman at The Human Path, 2015
Boston Abortion Support Collective Abortion Support Training, 2014
Postpartum Doula Training with Michelle L’Esperance in Northampton, MA, 2013
Community and Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship with the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in Brookline, MA, 2013-2015
Community Herbalist Apprenticeship with the Boston School of Herbal Studies in Jamaica Plain, MA, 2010
toLabor Birth Doula Training in West Boylston, MA, 2010
40-hour crisis intervention and response training with A New Day in Brockton, MA, 2007