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 certifications and specialization would be the best choice for giving birth. That was until my son was born via an unwanted c-section. I was unable to birth normally, despite my family history of easy births and my great health.
After that experience I became fascinated with maternal/child health and started working in lactation research & public health education. After learning what normal, physiologic birth/ postpartum and supportive care looks like, I chose a midwife instead of a high tech doctor for my next two births. Although loved my obstetrician for my first birth, the difference between the two providers was like night and day.
After my last baby I took the leap to train to become a midwife so I could give women the attentive and supportive care that is in great shortage 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, 2000-2002
Clinical midwifery apprenticeship 2008-2012. Certificate from 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
Current on certifications in NRP (neonatal resuscitation), BLS (basic life support), and continuing education in emergency obstetrics and advanced midwifery.