Hi, I’m Raquel! As a Certified Lactation Counselor and Accredited Childbirth Educator, you can find me binging on birth videos, talking with midwives, OB/GYNS, or labor and delivery nurses to suss out the latest things being offered to birthing families in our community.  I also relish in learning the most up-to-date information about birth and breastfeeding through conferences and lectures so that I can provide this information to couples in a simple way that is clear and easy to understand. I also love helping new parents learn what birth and pregnancy options may work best for them, and linking them to the resources they need. But most of all, I consider it a privilege to serve and hold space for couples as they walk this new journey in their lives…without judgement, with patience, and with practical steps to help them decide what is best for their babies and themselves.

When I'm not helping new mothers and babies come together through breastfeeding, or teaching couples about the power of birth, I enjoy fitness classes at the Y, camping, traveling, and getting lost in the wildness and beaches of the U.P. and northern Michigan.

Whether it's helping a mother and baby one-on-one, beginning a new childbirth series, or hosting a prenatal yoga class, I truly enjoy encouraging families through this beautiful time of life.