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About me

Hi there. I'm Michaela. 

(she/hers)

Pictured here in my happy place, among the plants and making potions.  I am the one woman show behind Ostara. Both birth and herbs connect me deeply into that which makes me feel most passionate and purposeful: the innate grace, strength and interconnection of our own bodies and the earth. 

 

 The photography on this site is the brilliant work of these artists: Stephen Canino Elise Meader , Gina McCleary

Training lineage

Full Spectrum Doula Training- Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings

Abortion Doula Training- Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings

Birth Doula Training (DONA Int'l)- Homegrown Families, Asheville, NC 

Childbirth Education for Doulas- Homegrown Families, Asheville, NC
Breastfeeding Foundations for Perinatal Health Workers- BACE NMC, Boston, MA

 

Apprenticeship with Joe Hollis at Mountain Gardens- Barnardsville, NC 

Holistic Herbalism Program- Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Asheville, NC 

Herbs for Doulas, Midwives + Birthworkers- Katia LeMone, The Human Path

Introduction to Permaculture- Atitlan Organics, Tzununa, Guatemala 

 

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist Training, IPPA (International Postpartum and Placenta Association) 

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training

CPR Certification- Thrive Training Institute

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Desmond Tutu


Ostara stands with Black Lives Matter. As a person who walks through the world with many forms of privilege, the work starts here, with me. I recognize that if I wish to see systems of oppression toppled and to create a world truly equitable for all, I must do the work to unpack how White Supremacy shows up in the way I walk through the world and what I offer it. I am committed to holding myself and being held accountable to this, as an individual and through my work here at Ostara, and to ceaseless learning so I can continue to do better.
 

Ostara stands for Reproductive Justice. As defined by SisterSong, Reproductive Justice is "the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities."
Learn more here.

 

Resources: 

Birth, Land + Healing Justice: 

Reproductive Justice: SisterSong Women of Color Reprodutive Justice Collective

Every Mother Counts- Resources on Maternal Health Crisis

Black Women Birthing Justice 

Herbal First Aid Aftercare for All Who Have Experienced Police Violence:


SUSU Healing Collective (Vermont)


BIPOC Land + Sovereignty Fund- TO DONATE! 
 

Soul Fire Farms 


National Black Farmers Association

General:

Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives

But where do I start? ... Anti Racism Resource List

The Great Unlearn

Register to VOTE!

Find Your Representatives


 

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