LCCE Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Licensed Infant CPR and Infant Massage Instructor
I am originally from New York, although my father’s side of my family has lived in Israel for 7 generations, so I feel deeply rooted here. I graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sociology focusing on Women’s Studies. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to all things having to do with birth .
I have worked as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist since 1987 - in the offices of Physical Therapists, Alexander Technique Teachers, Chiropractors, Neuo-surgeons, and day spas, as well as having my own private practice. I can honestly say that those clients most special to me were pregnant women and babies - especially my own three children!
In addition to babies, I have always loved water. For the past 15 years I have worked as the Aquatics Director of Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, New York. Working as, and supervising others as lifeguards and swim instructors - again I was drawn to the babies and trained as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor in 2004 specializing in the Infant and Child “Learn to Swim” program.
My work as a lifeguard led me to be trained as a CPR/FirstAid Instructor and I eventually became an Emergency Medical Technician. I volunteered for a number of years in my local EMS ambulance corp.
After making aliyah with my husband and 3 children during the summer of 2006, I found a magnificent blend of massage and water called “Watsu”. I received certification as a Watsu Practioner and found the work to be symbolic of embryonic existence. People experiencing Watsu sessions have a sense of “returning to the womb” and working with pregnant women is the ultimate Watsu experience.
Many signs along the road have lead me to follow my passion of working in the field of birth, birthing, babies, breastfeeding and motherhood. It was the natural progression for me to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and I feel privileged every day to be working in this field.