Ashley Topacio

Seattle, Washington, United States

Ashley Topacio

Seattle, Washington, United States

I believe that pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting are formative times in the development of families, whether they are welcoming their first child or their tenth.

Much of my professional work is peer counseling: serving families by holding space for their experiences, protecting the memories of their challenges and triumphs. I provide informational and emotional support as a doula and educator with the aim to empower the families I work with.

Recently, I've plunged into the other side of the life spectrum: the world of death. Working as a funeral director intern for a cooperatively-owned funeral home, I serve my community with the same compassionate care I honed in welcoming new souls Earthside.

Many have asked me how I could possibly go from direct care with new families to the handling and transport of those who have just left the living. While I can see how this might be viewed as a mismatched juxtaposition in interest, the energy I put into both worlds is the same: compassion, care, holding sacred space for families.

Creating art is my outlet for expression, both privately and as a way to share my views on how our culture has been disconnected from the instinctual aspects of childbirth, parenting, and how this can alter a family's dynamic. Themes in my art include mental illness, process, transformation, chaos, and cats.

  • Work
    • Birth Doula
  • Education
    • Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professionals at Bastyr University