Birth is the experience that connects all living beings, as we were all born in some capacity or another. This may be the only universal truth.
My family has been concerned with the choice to birth or not birth for generations. The legend is that my great grandmother was one of the early radicals who distributed birth control and talked about feminism with Margaret Sanger. In each subsequent generation, there has been a reproductive justice activist.
My name is Lucy and I am a full-spectrum doula and apprentice midwife.
My first name was inspired by the supportive delivery room nurse at Kaiser SF in October of 1984. My mother found her birth experiences to be empowering and transformative. Because of this, I grew up believing that birth was not something to be feared. Perhaps I am drawn to birth work because every time someone says my name, I am reminded of my own peaceful passage into this world.
My greatest teachers are my clients. I have been shown time and time again that anything is possible, and that humans are incredibly resilient. I meet clients where they are, and support the choices that they make.
I have been supporting folx for eleven years at various reproductive health clinics through all kinds of choices.
I feel called to this work, but I also choose it. I hold it as my deepest practice, and it demands daily attention. Through reading articles, attending prenatal visits, or witnessing clients my skills stay fresh. I attend regular classes with local midwives, go to national conferences and local workshops all so that I can best serve the people I walk with on this journey.
I am currently studying midwifery at the National Midwifery Institute, and am in apprenticeship at Awakenings Birth Services. I also work per-diem at San Francisco General Hospital as a social work associate in the Women’s Options Clinic under the supervision of Alissa Perrucci. I am certified in neonatal resuscitation by Karen Strange. In my spare time I like to see live music whenever I can, knit and watch Call the Midwife, and go to yoga class.