Photography provided by Paige Gunderson

Credentials

  • Sleep Coach Certification from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute

  • Biology Lecturer and Central New Mexico Community College

    • Introduction to Biology for Health Science Majors

    • Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2

    • Microbiology

    • Biology for Non-Majors

  • Doctorate in Biology, with a focus in Ecology, from University of New Mexico

Science can play a critical role in empowering parents to hear and give a voice to their intuitions. I have an unusual background that sets me apart from other pregnancy, birth, and postpartum consultants and coaches. My doctorate research was in ecology, the study of how different parts of a system interact to create a whole. When one part of a system is damaged or changed, essentially all other parts of the system respond, and an ecologist's job is to figure out how. The human body is an ecosystem if ever there was one. Pregnancy is a two-person biology, and so a mother's mental and physical health affect fetal development, labor outcomes, postpartum outcomes, and beyond. 

I received my sleep coach certification from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute, where Mar Oscategui founded the Holistic Science of Sleep method. This is an evidence-based approach to family sleep challenges that integrates scientific evidence about how a person’s internal and external environment relate to sleep. Using this method, I aim to identify and fix the root cause of a sleep challenge, rather than wrestling with the symptoms. This allows a family to create an environment in which good sleep can naturally arise, which is less stressful on both children and parents.

I am also a biology instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, where I teach a variety of health-science classes and biology classes for non-biology majors (my LinkedIn profile is here). My experiences teaching at the community college have honed my skills in breaking down and presenting complicated health science information to people who need it, but who may not have the necessary background to learn the information on their own.

I want to use my unique expertise to help you navigate parenthood. I merge scientific research with your parent’s intuition to help you understand and improve your relationship with your child, enjoy parenting, and make difficult parenting decisions. You should work with me if you are interested in learning the reasons behind the advice, and participating in developing the right solution for your unique child and family.

For more on what I mean by "Birth Ecology," click here. For how an evidence-based approach can benefit you, click here. Check out my Mission Statement here. If you’d like to know about my personal journey balancing career with child, see here.


What I'm working on now      links to past research