Social worker/Perinatal Family Support Specialist North Shore University Health System, Evanston Hospital
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Previously worked as a postpartum doula and lactation consultant. I have a private therapy practice where I also primarily work with women during their childbearing years. I am a fiercely proud mom of five adult children, and doting Nana to three grandsons.
Why do you like working in perinatal health?
I feel that it is such a privilege to be part of people’s journey through parenting. It is a major life transition, and being able to support people though this significant time is so rewarding.
Tell us about working with The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation.
The Foundation has helped countless patients with everything from transportation to rent payments to covering funeral costs. We work with a large population of under-resourced patients, and the Tisdahl Foundation has been a gift to so many of them.
How would you describe the importance of social workers?
We support the infrastructure.
What advice would you give families in crisis due to pregnancy complications, NICU stays, or loss?
Ask for help, you don’t have to do this alone.
Greatest professional achievement: Being able to do the work I’m doing right now.
Favorite form of self-care: Walking outside
Currently binging: Schitt’s Creek
Favorite book: The Red Tent
Describe yourself in five words: Always a work in progress.
Extrovert or Introvert?: Introverted extrovert