Hello, I'm Cori
I created Birth Chemistry childbirth curriculum and have had the pleasure of training other instructors across the country.
Through the birth stories of family members I grew up believing that birth was hard, but rewarding. After studying Early Childhood Education at California State Monterey Bay, I became a childcare provider in 2005 and was surprised by how negatively my clients viewed their births. No one seemed to believe a positive birth experience was achievable, and my hopes for a physiologic birth were often met with "You'll be begging for drugs!"
I married the pop punk rocker of my dreams in 2007, and on Valentines Day 2009 we were thrilled to find that we were pregnant. When none of the birth classes resonated with me, I hoped I would someday create one. Since 2012 I have watched my clients replace fear and uncertainty with excitement and confidence as their birthing day approaches.
My husband, Eric, and I were both born and raised in Monterey County and have settled in the Salinas Valley to raise our five children: Milo, Ash, Indiana, Everett, and Lyla.
My five births have been very different. I have birthed at 38 weeks and after 42 weeks; at three different local hospitals, at home, and free standing birth center; with doctors and midwives; medicated and natural. My births have taught me that the decisions one makes in childbirth are personal and unique to them. I believe parents deserve to learn their options from an objective resource, and receive compassionate support throughout that process.
Advocating for options and safety in childbirth is something I live daily. I am a toLabor trained birth doula and birth activist, and as an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor I am able to offer trainings to obstetricians, midwives, nurses, and other doulas in the community in addition to working with expecting families. I have served as the President of the Birth Network of Monterey County, Co-Coordinator for ImprovingBirth Monterey County, the ImprovingBirth Board of Directors, and as Co-Leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Networks (ICAN) of Monterey County. I love sharing may passion and knowledge with parents who desire a positive birthing experience.
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