Cathy is a physical therapist who has worked with special needs children over the last 30 years. She is founder, designer, and president of BirthWorks International. She is author of Birthing in the Spirit- a human values approach to childbirth, and Doulas of Love and is co-author of the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Manual, and the Doula Journal Workbook. Cathy facilitates childbirth education, birth doula and postpartum doula workshops in the USA and overseas. She is a certified Maya Abdominal Massage therapist, is certified in pelvic bodywork and optimal pelvic positioning. She is trained in techniques of myofascial release and teaches human values, all of which she incorporates into her workshops. She brings together her many talents when working with women, helping them to integrate the mind, body, and spirit when giving birth and helping them to have more trust and faith in their bodies’ innate ability to give birth. She is a piano teacher and composed the lyrics and original birthing songs for the CD Believe. She is the mother of two children and grandmother to four.
BirthWorks International offers certification programs for childbirth educators, birth doulas, and postpartum doulas, as well as a combo ACED (Accelerated Childbirth Educator Doula) training. Human values form the foundation of our organization. The practice of human values leads to increased confidence and decreased fear in birth. We believe that all women are born with the knowledge about how to give birth. Therefore birth is instinctive. What is instinctive doesn’t need to be learned. Rather, we help women to have more trust and faith in their innate ability to give birth. This is a unique, innovative, and empowering approach to childbirth preparation. Our curriculum is comprehensive and includes exploring beliefs about birth, pelvic bodywork, Optimal Pelvic Positioning, physiology of birth, and grieving and healing. We offer both an academic and emotional preparation for birth. It is our mission and vision that all women feel empowered by their birth experiences.