Ariela has vivid memories of the fascination and delight she felt at the first (cow) births she attended at the side of her mother, a dairywoman. Growing up surrounded by midwives, she quickly understood that she too would follow that path.
Ariela completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Medical Anthropology and worked as a research assistant studying the maternal health experiences of refugee women in the United States. After earning a nurse degree from Johns Hopkins University, Ariela worked as a full-spectrum doula, a labor and delivery nurse at a busy Baltimore hospital, and as a maternal health researcher in Liberia, West Africa. These experiences grounded her trust in birth and solidified her passion for reproductive justice work.
Ariela completed her midwifery studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she caught babies in both busy hospital and home birth settings. She is delighted to join The Birth Center family.
Ariela lives with her partner and their dog, Carol. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, foraging for edible mushrooms, and creating birth-related paper cuttings.Contact