MY PASSION IS helping women enjoy OPTIMAL HEALTH- preconception, PREGNANCY AND BEYOND.
I was born “3 weeks late”. My older sister was born breech a few years earlier. Both of us were born quickly, naturally, no surgery, no induction because that’s how they used to do things in the 60-70’s when the US c-section rate was only 5%. I assumed I would give birth the same way.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology right before having my first baby, alongside a fleet of students that went on to become physicians, researchers, biologists, professors and the like. Naturally, I believed that the highest tech facility with a doctor from the best university would be the best choice for giving birth. That was until my son was born via c-section. I was unable to birth normally, despite my family history of easy births and my good health. What happened?
After a bit of research, I learned about the over-medicalization of birth. I had relied too heavily on the doctor’s training and facility to “deliver” my baby. Then I discovered midwives.
My next two babies were born at home with a midwife after quality prenatal care and lots of preparation. By grace and opportunity, and the support of my family, I was able train to be a midwife so I could carry on the legacy of the women who served me and my family.
I have learned much over the past two decades serving women and I hope to share some of this wisdom and loving care with you.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology/PreMed, Colorado College, 1994
Worked in maternal child health since 1996
Published as research assistant and translator on lactation and reproductive technology research projects, worked as hospital based health educator, lactation counselor, childbirth educator, birth doula and postpartum doula
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
Advanced training in Spinning Babies, breech & shoulder dystocia
Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
Lifelong Alaskan, serving families in Alaska since 2010