I live in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area with my husband and son. Midwifery found me after witnessing two births in the fall of 2014.
The first was my best friend when she gave birth to her second daughter and asked me to be there with her in the hospital. It was such a beautiful and moving experience!
The second was a woman who came into the emergency room where I worked, with no time to get to the labor and delivery unit. Her baby came so fast I could barely get the husband in the room to witness it! This birth in particular got me thinking about the nature of birth. This woman was having a baby with or without anyone present, including hospital staff. This caused me to start researching natural childbirth, and as a result, I stumbled upon midwifery as a profession and a safe option for low-risk women.
My previous employment background includes ten years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a variety of settings. Five of those years were in long term care in a skilled nursing facility working with dementia patients.
The last five years, I have worked in two emergency rooms as both a CNA and a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC). My time in emergency care has taught me to stay calm and collected during difficult situations, and my experience in nursing has given me insight into the medical field and a compassionate heart for the people I serve.
I began my formal midwifery education at the Midwives College of Utah (MCU) in January 2015. My education has included coursework in reproductive anatomy and physiology; prenatal care; labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum; postpartum care of the mother; pediatrics; well-woman care; etc.
I have also taken midwife’s assistant training as well as a DONA certified doula training course, neonatal resuscitation, and am CPR and BLS certified. My goal is to complete the academic portion of my midwifery training by summer 2018.
I met Terri in the summer of 2016 and attended my first birth with Spokane River Midwives in September of the same year. My apprenticeship so far has been educational, intriguing, and inspiring! I feel extremely blessed to be working with such talented midwives who share a similar philosophy of care and with the wonderful families within our community.
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