Hi there! I'm Rosemary, and I am a certified Reproductive/Sexual Health and Fertility Awareness Educator, as well as a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Educator, with a background in sociocultural anthropology and midwifery studies. I live in Davis, California, with my partner and two kiddos.
I'm originally from the Willamette Valley of Oregon, of various settler lineages. I love to spend time in the wild (and I also run a Forest School program for kids!), grow & wildcraft herbs for making various potions, work with fibers, experiment with fermentations, and make music, all the while striving to fight capitalism, patriarchy & white supremacy.
about this work
The reproductive continuum is a rich and complex time in one's life that covers the years from menarche to menopause. For many, it includes pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, and I love to support people going through these exciting and life-changing events! However, everybody's experience is different, and I also love to support people who are not going through these particular events. I strongly believe that it is the right of those of us born with ovaries to be able to fully understand and come to appreciate the anatomical and physiological capacity of our cyclical bodies, regardless of how we use and perceive them. I also strongly believe that, given this understanding, not only are we capable of making our own decisions regarding our reproductive continuum, we should be encouraged to do so.
Woven throughout all of this work is the use of plants as allies in healing and wellbeing, and I have spent many years in self-study of herbalism, especially as it relates to the reproductive continuum. I strive to follow the Wise Woman Tradition, trusting in the inherent wisdom of the body, honoring the cycles of our lives as they are mirrored in the seasons of our Earth. Please look out for more about my herbal offerings, coming soon.
I am deeply committed to reproductive justice, and to working against racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other ways in which inequality and white supremacy show up in my field of womb-work, and in my community. I am happy to support people and families of all kinds, including queer, trans, and poly folks. I am also committed to providing resources and support for those who have experienced, are experiencing, or are seeking pregnancy termination. More about this coming soon; for now, please contact me with questions.
I am always open to discussion about fees, wishing to find the ever-changing balance between sharing this work with those who need it, and acknowledging my time & energy and my need to support my family.
Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to hearing from you!
education & relevant experience
2018. Elected to Board of Directors of Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals
2018. Permaculture Teacher Training program, Earth Activist Training, East Bay, CA
2018. Became director of Davis Forest School
2017. Joined the AFAP Reproductive Justice Committee
2017. Became member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals
2017. Holistic Pregnancy Loss & Abortion Support intensive with Molly Dutton-Kenny, Sebastopol, CA
2016. Birthed 2nd baby!
2016. Childbirth Educator certification, International Childbirth Education Association
2015. Welcoming Black and Native Families to Your Practice with Hakima Tafuni Payne and Camie Goldhammer, Bastyr University
2015. Lactation Educator certification, Bastyr University/Evergreen Perinatal Educators, Seattle, WA
2014. Accredited as a La Leche League Leader
2012. Birthed 1st baby!
2011-2012. Apprenticed with homebirth midwife, assisting at a dozen births, McMinnville, OR
2010. Doula training, Mothertree Doula Services, Portland, OR
2009. MSc in sociocultural anthropology, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC
2008. Permaculture Design Certificate, Earth Activist Training, Unity, ME
2003-2005. Worked as intern, volunteer & employee with NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Feminist Majority Foundation & Ms Magazine
2003. BA in anthropology & art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
2002. Recipient of the Carson Undergraduate Research Grant, Willamette University, to create documentary film, Paris to Portland: Abortion, Contraception and Feminism in Two Cultures