MY PASSION IS helping women achieve beautiful births & OPTIMAL HEALTH- preconception, PREGNANCY AND BEYOND.
I was born “3 weeks late” in the hospital. My older sister was born breech a few years earlier, also in the hospital. Both born quickly, naturally, no surgery or inductions because that’s how they used to do things in the 1960-70’s when the US c-section rate was 5%. I assumed I would give birth the same way. Easily, naturally.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology right before having my first baby. At the time I believed that the highest tech facility with a doctor with the highest specialization would be the best choice for giving birth. That was until my son was born via an unwanted c-section. My fancy doctor and hospital was unable to help me to birth normally, despite my family history of easy births and my good health.
After that shocking experience I changed specializations from botany (!) to maternal/child health and started working on lactation research projects. After learning what normal, physiologic birth/ postpartum and supportive care looks like through my work, I chose a midwife for my next two births. Although I loved my kind obstetrician for my first birth, the difference between the doctor and the midwife was like night and day.
I became a midwife so I could give women the attentive and supportive care that is in great demand and that all families deserve. Now I carry the torch-the timeless legacy of the women helping women. I also get the honor to facilitate and witness some of the most sacred, breathtaking moments of people’s lives.
I have learned much over the past two decades serving women. I hope to have the opportunity to share this wisdom, experience and loving care with you.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Colorado College, 1994
Lactation and reproductive technology research assistant, maternal/child health clinical assistant, 1996-1998
Hospital based health educator, lactation counselor, childbirth educator, birth doula 2000-2008
Clinical midwifery apprenticeship 2008-2012. Graduate of The Via Vita School of Midwifery
Certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), 2013
Licensed by the State of Alaska as a Certified Direct-Entry Midwife (CDM), 2016
Executive Board Member of the Midwives Association of Alaska, 2016-present
Board Member Alaska Birth Collective, 2018-present. Founder of the Alaska Birth Network 2008.
Current on certifications in NRP (neonatal resuscitation), BLS (basic life support), and continuing education in emergency obstetrics and advanced midwifery.