Training / Certifications

*  Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist CPES(IPPA) (Full Circle Placentas/ IPPA)
* Certified postpartum doula (PCD)DONA (Doulas of North America) (2005) (2010)
* Certified through The Center for Breastfeeding as a lactation counselor, CLC (2010, 2015)
* Professionally trained postpartum doula (Doulas of North America) (2005)
* Professionally trained birth doula (Doulas of North America) (2003)
* Current member of Beautiful Beginnings Doulas
* Current member of San Diego Birth Resource Network
* Current member of San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance
* Certified through Birthing From Within as a birth mentor (2006)
* Completed training through CEA as a Childbirth Educator (San Diego Chapter closed) (2005)
* Training with Penny Simkin for use of Tens Unit during labor (2005)
* Specialty training in prenatal yoga through Yoga Yoga (2002)
* Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance (2000)
* Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics from SDSU (2000)
* Current with adult & infant CPR and first aid certifications (American Red Cross)
Trustline Registered (California’s background check for in-home care)

Nova with DONA certified postpartum doulas Rosemary and Ah-Ling (MamaFest)

Nova and Ina May Gaskin, 2012

Local doulas with Penny Simkin, 2010

Doula Extraordinaire Dawn Thompson with pregnant Nova