Austen has more than 10 years of experience working with families pre-and postpartum. Her path to becoming a doula began during childhood when she witnessed her baby brother’s birth.
Austen delivered her children at home with the experience and care of midwives. This cemented her belief that the traditional knowledge of natural birth is integral to a whole and healthy family system.
Her background in traditional healing techniques along with childbirth and nutritional education, and massage and herbal practices further enhances her doula practice.
Austen also counsels new parents in breastfeeding, newborn care, and womb care.
She lives in Santa Cruz with her two sons, and loves to read, practices yoga, dance, and is a lover of nature. Her wholehearted belief about parenting is that when we consciously create life during conception, birth, and after, we have the opportunity to bring more peace to the world.