is the Founder, Owner, and Lead Teacher at Birth Smarter. She is a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator through CEA/MNY, a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and a birth and postpartum doula. Ashley is a pelvic health and body-alignment enthusiast. She is trained in Comforting Touch for Labor, Infant / Child CPR, Rebozo Techniques for Childbirth, Dream Birth Imagery, Spinning Babies, and Prenatal Yoga.
Ashley graduated from Haverford College with a passion for progressive politics and progressive education as well as an innate ability to nurture those around her. She fell seamlessly into working as a postpartum doula and founded Managing Overwhelming Moments, LLC (MOM) in 2011. She quickly became a lactation counselor, birth doula, and childbirth educator.
Despite her professional experience, the birth of her first child in 2014 was a bit complicated and she became driven to investigate birth physiology at a deeper level. Better for it, Ashley incorporated her learnings into her own body and her Birth Smarter classes, and went on to have a lovely birth with baby # 2 in 2017.
Ashley is married to her high school bf. (Listen to this crazy: they started dating when she was a sophomore and he was a senior and lasted through six long-distance years.) Because of incredibly hard work they have the two best children on the planet.
expecting more teachers this summer!