Maria (pronouns: she, her, hers) is a mental health clinician and life coach specializing in preconception and fertility, as well as pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.
She has an M. Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and is a Board Certified Life Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and maintains membership in the Nursing Mothers' Council. A member of Postpartum Support International, she meets the oganization's qualifications to certify as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. Additionally, Maria spent 10 years as a doula, attending about 300 births in that time. While no longer practicing, her respect for her clients' instincts, strengths, and empowered choices - the foundation of doula work - continues to guide her.
Maria also has specialized training in people who have experienced trauma and violence, and how this history impacts creating a family. Additionally, Maria has a keen interest in how culture, race, and ethnicity factor into building a family, particularly with clients who are immigrants or second/third generation Americans.
In her spare time, Maria reads fiction (especially debut novels from writers of color), dabbles in local politics, sings, teaches herself guitar chords, and takes pictures with her iPhone. The sunflowers on this site are her own images.