I'm passionate about my calling to midwifery; informed choice, respect, and compassion are the foundation of my practice. I am a mother of three young adults born at home (with a grand baby on the way!), and wife to a very accommodating husband who understands I have to drop everything when I am running out the door to a birth. My faith gives me the perspective that life is precious, that wisdom can be gained from each experience (challenging or ideal), and that everything is not always within our control. I am thrilled to be able to provide options to women as they go through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences.
My initial fascination with pregnancy and childbirth began early on in my life as I read my mom's "hippy" childbirth books, in which pregnancy and birth were portrayed as normal, natural, wonderful events. I believe that birth is powerful and transformational, and should be defined as normal for low-risk women. The altering effect of pregnancy and childbirth – and the triumph of accomplishing what was felt to be impossible - is something that I believe impacts family bonding and the relationship between partners. My desire to see women treated with respect and compassion, and for parents to have truly informed choice was fulfilled through completing my midwifery studies in May of 2011.
Midwifery care is about so much more than measuring tummies and catching babies, although that is certainly a joyful part of my job! It is truly about walking alongside you as you through this transformational time. The memories of experiences in pregnancy and childbirth stay with you in a unique way. I believe it is critical to have the opportunity to explore your options, make the decisions that are right for you and your family, and to be celebrated as you face your fears, find your strength, and trust your instincts.