I began my work in the Early Parenting field in 1981. I attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. where I received a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. I worked closely with many excellent teachers there who taught me much about young children and how to facilitate groups for parents of young children.
I went on to develop a program in Music for Young Children using my background in Dance and Gymnastics and my love of singing with my autoharp. I started facilitating Parent Discussion Groups in 1987 at the Birth Place in Menlo Park, CA. I went on to become certified in: Massage, Counseling, and Postpartum Care. I also trained in Nutrition, Hypnotherapy and Developmental Movement work. I was trained by Nursing Mothers Council in 1996 to provide Breastfeeding Support.
I ran my own business in Postpartum Support Services for a number of years before becoming involved at Blossom Birth Services in Palo Alto, CA. from 1998-2005. I taught classes in Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, Surviving the First Six Weeks as well as running many Parent/Baby Parent Discussion Groups. From 2002-2004 I was the Director at Blossom. I also developed a Postpartum Doula Training program with a dear friend and colleague.
Throughout my work in this field I have learned the most from the parents who have shared with me their joys and struggles along the parenting path, as well as from my own experience as the mother of three amazing, wonderful daughters.
And, going full circle, I am deeply grateful to my own parents, Alan and Frieda Sherman, for their incredible wisdom, love and absolute belief in my ability to create meaningful work, loving connections to friends and family and anything else I put my mind and heart into!
I now live with my husband and children in beautiful Santa Cruz, California.