Samantha means the listener, & I am grateful to have been aptly named. Though I have taken courses, attended conferences, received formal training, & read ravenously in independent study,
listening to women is the living heart of my education.
The hundreds of women who have honored me by sharing their honest & vulnerable stories & experiences have taught me more than any training, classroom, or book ever could. My empathetic intuition is supported by an intelligent devotion to scientific inquiry. In addition to what is listed below, I have many years of independent studies in anthropology, spirituality, biochemistry, & physiology.
My own path to healing has also been an invaluable & expansive part of my education.
Trainings + Conferences
Planned Parenthood Peer Mediation & Preteen Sex Educator Training 1999
Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensive with Elizabeth Davis 2006
Midwifery Today Conferences 2007, 2010
Planned Parenthood Patient Advocacy Training 2009
Mothertree Birth Doula Internship 2009
DONA Birth Doula Training 2009
Portland Plant Medicine Gathering 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
SQUATfest 2013, 2015 (presenter in 2015)
Holistic Peer Counseling 2013
Medicine of The Feminine ~ Indigenous Wisdom of Peru 2013
Dandelion Seed Herbal Conference 2014
Matrona Quantum Birthing Consultant Certification 2014
Holistic Home Abortion Care 2015
Matrona Holistic Doula Certification 2015
Beginning Shiatsu Intensive 2015
Holding Space for Pregnancy & Infant Loss ~The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, & Death 2016