Doula/Infant Massage Educator
I am CAPPA certified postpartum doula(CPD), infant massage educator, TummyTime™ tutor, a breastfeeding peer counselor and an USIKC certified kangaroo care professional (CKC). I have loved every minute of my work with new families and their babies.
I also chose to become certified as a TummyTime™ Tutor with Michelle Emanuel who is an OT, who developed this program. There is so much more to TummyTime™ then just having a baby lie on their tummy. I teach parents how to incorporate TummyTime™ in their day to day routine, while making it playful and fun.
Infant massage education is another skill that I feel every new parent should have in their toolbox. Growing up in India, I saw my siblings and cousins getting massaged every day as babies and never thought someday I would be an instructor. But, here I am teaching new parents this wonderful skill.
I heard about kangaroo care when I taking breastfeeding classes. I was intrigued by how magical it was and all the science behind it. I contacted Dr. Susan Ludington at United States Institute of Kangaroo Care (www.usikc.org) and asked if I could take the certification training. I got my certification in kangaroo care last year and have been incorporating it in my work as a postpartum doula and a breastfeeding educator and counselor.
I love to provide all new parents with scientific and evidence based information when I work with them or teach them. I am a mother of two kids who are 12 years and 9 years old. I live in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its roses and lovingly called the Rose City.
Episodes for this expert
You’ve heard the phrase skin-to-skin, but what about kangaroo care? How can this intimate way of holding your baby increase bonding after birth? What are some of the other benefits? How can it help with breastfeeding? And how does it ease the struggles many premature and NICU babies face while in the hospital?