"Meeting myself where I am (the essential core of harm reduction theory) seems a more reasonable way to contextualize self care."

- When Language Runs Dry # 4 Zine

My name is samantha nicole fonteyne, and I use she/her and they/them pronouns. I created Liminal Life Services to encompass my practice as a doula, educator, and facilitator. I offer accessible, holistic, nurturing, and empowering non-medical care, support, facilitation, guidance, all-options counseling, education, information, and advocacy throughout the threshold of life transitions.

 

I am experienced and comfortable with holding space, offering unconditional support without judgment, and bringing a calming, protective, and grounding energy to a room. Moreover, I am able to thoroughly organize, plan, coordinate, and problem solve. My approach is DIY, trauma-informed, evidence-based, gender neutral and gender affirming. My practice is radical, collaborative, healing-centered and community-based.

 

I identify as a disabled queer non-binary femme, who is a survivor of abuse and trauma. I practice radical self-love and harm reduction, while managing chronic physical and mental health conditions. I am devoted to supporting survivors, folks navigating abuse, loss, and trauma, folks currently using self-harm as a coping mechanism and(or) in recovery as well as folks managing chronic health conditions, diseases, infections, and toxins.

I am committed to honoring folks unique strengths, boundaries, preferences, intuition, language, lived experiences, identities and their intersections, family structure, knowledge, rituals, cultural traditions, beliefs and practices. My mission is to foster a safe(r) space for folks to process feelings and experiences, while encouraging the practice of radical self-love, self-care, self-advocacy, boundary-setting, and harm reduction practices.

 

Experience & Affiliations

2018

Core Organizer & Full Spectrum Doula - Full Spectrum Doulas

Apprentice Doula - Swedish Hospital Doula Program

Community Doula - Open Arms Perinatal Services

Intern - MAIA Midwifery & Fertility

Volunteer - Penny Simkin Hospital Birth Class

Specialized Training & Learning

2019

Birth + Postpartum Doula Training Program - Doula Trainings International

Childbirth Educator Training Program - Doula Trainings International

Community Outreach Perinatal Education (COPE) Program -The JJ Way Institute - Commonsense Childbirth Inc. 

2018 

Accompanying The Dying: A Practical Guide & Awareness Training - Quality of Life

Group Peer Support Facilitator Training - Group Peer Support & Perinatal Support Washington

When Survivors Give Birth,  Intro & Advanced Counseling - Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations, Bastyr University

Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy - Parent-Child Relationship Program

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss - Amy Wright Glenn

Miscarriage & Abortion Support - Samantha Zipporah

Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Training - American Red Cross

Slow Doula Method - Doula Trainings International

Supporting Pregnant People in Recovery - Swedish Ballard Addiction Recovery Services

Providing Culturally Sensitive Care for LGBTQ Families - MAIA Fertility & Midwifery

Breast/Chestfeeding Resources, Application, and Skills for Doulas - Big Belly Services

Journey Through the Pelvis Workshop - Big Belly Services

Breastfeeding for Doulas Training - Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University

Process and Progress at Rainier Valley Community Clinic - Tara Mudaliar

My Brain is Doing What? Bias, Ethics, and the Perinatal Care Provider - Cynthia Good

Supporting Nursing in Non-Traditional Occupations - Robyn Roche-Paull

Patanjali de la Rocha and Panel: Bridging the Divide, An Intersectional Conversation on Scope

Working with Diverse Populations in Maternal & Child Health - Shafia Monroe

Historical Trauma, Racism and White Privilege: The Barriers to Breastfeeding Success - Camie Goldhammer MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton)

Supporting the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Continuum - Ngozi Tibbs MPH, LCCE, IBCLC

A Panel Discussion With Our Speakers and Reena Vasavada, with moderator Eula Scott Bynoe -Parikh, MD

Pregnant Workers Rights - Open Arms Perinatal Services & Legal Voice

Politicizing and Decentering the Cisheteropatriarchy in Womb Health - La Loba Loca

2017

Postpartum Doula Skills Training - Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University

Childbirth Educator Training - Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University

Doulas as PMAD First Responders - Crystal Gurney, CD

Secondary Trauma and the Birth Worker - Kelli Barr-Lyles, MA

Plus Size Pregnancy & Birth - Jen McLellan

Protecting the 4th Trimester: How Perinatal Professionals Can Help Shift the Paradigm & Promote Positivity Postpartum - ​Ashlee Dean Wells

TENS Unit Training for Doulas - Big Belly Services

Supporting Families in Grief Workshop - Big Belly Services

Powerful Prenatals - Big Belly Services

2016

Birth Doula Training - Big Belly Services

2012

Home Care Aid Certification - DSHS, Highline Community College

2008

Childhood Sexual Abuse Training - Camp Victory

Unlearning & Learning

2018 

Fired Up & Burnt Out: Keeping it Together in Uncertain Times with Rhiana Anthony - Icarus Project

Race Equity Consultants: Racial Identity Caucusing - Kyana Wheeler & Fran Partridge

Seeing the Racial Water - Robin DiAngelo PhD

Decolonizing Series - Nalgona Positivity Pride

Unpacking White Feminism - Rachel Cargle

2017

Racism 101 - Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

 

Degrees & Certifications

2014

Associates of Arts Degree - Seattle Central College

2007

Registered Dental Assistant Certification - Dental Board of California

 

Liminal Life Services

Nurturing support throughout the threshold of life transitions

samantha nicole fonteyne

[ she / her  |  they / them ]

samantha@liminallifeservices.com