Andrea was born and raised in Canyon, a small town in the East Bay hills. With a large family and a small tight community, Andrea grew up always caring for others. She began her journey of caring for the little ones as a babysitter since she was 12 years old.
After becoming certified birth doula in 2014, she went on to study massage at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland to better learn about the body and how to support people as they experience transitions in their lives from pregnancy, to aging, to recovery or illness. In her massage education she learned to focus mostly on Swedish style, assisting the body with circulation and relaxation. She also gained a background in prenatal massage as well as reflexology and elder massage to further enhance my ability to comfort my clients.
Incorporating her knowledge of the body, along with her studies in Health Science and completed pre-nursing requirements, she has developed a deep understanding of the human body and feels humbled to have the opportunity to support families as they grow.
Andrea aims to empower families through the choices around birth that are right for them, talking through options and being an advocate for what feels right for them and their families. From home births to inductions, she feels all births can be positive and understands how important this journey is to each individual, as well as their family unit. Working with massage techniques, Spinning Babies, and other comfort measures, Andrea approaches birth with wide knowledge of the human body and many tools on how to support their full being, mentally, physically, and spiritually, through the journey of childbirth.
As of 2019, Andrea has supported 47 births and has also begun work as a postpartum doula and placenta encapsulation specialist, she also grows her practice and finds others ways in which her calm and nurturing demeanor can be of benefit to new families. As she applies for nursing schools, she feels very fortunate to work with new families and help them transition into parenthood and beyond.
In her spare time, Andrea likes to be outdoors with her 12 year old pit bull or working on her Tiny House build. She and her partner hope to move into their tiny house as soon as they are able to. She regularly volunteers at Highland Hospital in the maternal and child health unit, as well as at a local elder community. Through this work, she is able to give back to the community and strengthen her knowledge around healthcare as a whole.