Hi! I'm Sal (she/her) and I am Magpie Doula. I am a white, queer femme full spectrum community doula, educator, crafter, and cook. I love to spend time outside with my cat, play around with herbal medicines, and cook with my beautiful friends and community. I was raised in western Canada on the ancestral territories of the Niitsitapi, Blackfoot Confederacy, in Calgary, Alberta, and have been living in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2018.
I found my way to birthwork through my love of plant medicine. In early 2018, I apprenticed with a group of Kichwa midwives in eastern Ecuador who practiced traditional forms of natural birthing. After moving to New Mexico, I trained to become a full spectrum community doula with Tewa Women United in 2020.
I work with clients across northern New Mexico through all reproductive experiences, including pre-conception, fertility, abortion, infant loss, prenatal, birth, postpartum, and early parenting.
I believe in the power of community. When we create a circle of support around pregnant and birthing people, healing happens. My approach to doula work is guided by the knowledge that my clients are, ultimately, the experts on their own bodies and experiences. Through integrated emotional, physical, educational and advocacy support, I work alongside my clients to honor their experiences, identities, bodies, and choices.
I am currently taking on clients privately as Magpie Doula, as well as through Tewa Women United's Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project and the New Mexico Doula Association.
I believe that everyone has the right to their own body, their future, and to choose if, when, and how they want to have children and raise those children. I believe that reproductive justice is a human right. Reproductive justice has always been fought for by Indigenous women, Black women, and trans folks, but the term was coined in the 90s by a group of Black women who would eventually become the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
As a doula, I want to support my clients in making the choice that is best for them, their bodies, and their families. I am aware of the ways that violent systems of ongoing colonization, white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism oppress folks that are LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, of religious minorities, houseless, incarcerated, non-native English speakers, and of other marginalized identities. I acknowledge that many of the injustices within reproductive healthcare disproportionately impact Black and Brown bodies.
My work strives to shine light on these injustices and confront the ways in which I am complicit in upholding these systems of oppression.
queer centered care
I acknowledge that there is a prolific and harmful cisheteronormative narrative in reproductive healthcare. I believe that everyone has the right to self-determine their own sexual identity, gender identity, and gender expression. My work centers queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks and celebrates gender expansiveness. Working from a reproductive justice framework, I strive to provide inclusive, trauma-informed care that honors your experience, your choices, and the reproductive care needs that you have.
I believe in interdependence and community care. We are stronger and more resilient when we exist collectively. Community is inherent to pregnancy, loss, and birth. Collaboration is inherent to birth and loss work. As a doula, I help my clients build a circle of support that surrounds them throughout their reproductive journey.
Community is healing. For me, being in community means:
I believe in the right to self-determination and bodily autonomy for every person. As a doula, I want to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions. I believe that you are the expert in you.