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Hi, I'm Mari. Here's a little bit about me: 

My first career was in teaching. I worked in underserved populations in in the US and abroad for 7 years. This work never felt like the right fit for me, and shortly before becoming pregnant, I began to take steps to switch into something different. 

The birth of my son, Theo was quite unexpected. I had planned an intervention-free birth at a birth center, and instead, ended up with an induction, a long labor, and 61 hours later, a c-section. This experience opened the door for me to working as a birth professional and supporting women and their families during the transition to motherhood. Two years after my son was born, we welcomed our daughter, Gwen, via successful VBAC.

I live with my family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Credentials:
B.A. Colorado College, Spanish and Hispanic Studies
M.A. University of Denver, Curriculum & Instruction

Certified Labor Doula (CAPPA)
Certified Childbirth Educator (CAPPA)                                                                                      200-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training

Experience in birth center and hospital settings as well as unmedicated and medicated births, VBACs, cesareans, and inductions.