Midwifery has long had a strong calling on my life. I have always been fascinated by how we as humans live and reproduce. When I was 19, I realized what my dream job was. I like to say that the dream found me because I never once had a thought like it before. The dream was humble and simple: to be with women as they are growing, birthing and nurturing their children. Motivated by my burning passion, I set out on the path to becoming a midwife.
August 2011-August 2013: My two years of midwifery school took place overseas in Davao, Philippines. My school was an accredited, American correspondence school that was connected to a high volume, Christian charity birth clinic which serves the local impoverished women. Learn more about my midwifery school. Learning a new culture and a new language on top of academics and a heavy clinical load was a challenging mission to say the least; however, I truly flourished and enjoyed my time there. I will forever be indebted to the Filipino mothers and midwives who taught me so much about the miracle of childbirth.
– I received a great amount of hands on experience in the busy prenatal clinic, birth clinic and community healthcare out reaches.
– I attended over 300 births as an assistant or observant and 60 births as primary midwife under supervision of licensed midwives.
August 2013: I graduated the school 3rd in class, returned to the US and passed the North American Board of Midwives (NARM) exam to become nationally certified as a professional midwife (CPM).
October 2013 – April 2014: When I returned home from the Philippines, I experienced a great level of culture shock. To adjust and refocus before getting my Washington State midwifery license, I went “off the grid” to work and live on a small-scale, sustainable, homestead farm in the Puget Sound. Check out the farm’s website here.
September 2014: I joined Terri’s midwifery practice, formerly known as Faith & Fruition as an assistant midwife.
January 2015: I passed the Washington State examination to become a Licensed midwife. Terri and I re-branded the practice to be called Spokane River Midwives and love attending homebirths together in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas. It has been such a blessing to partner with Terri. We love that our different midwifery experiences complement each other while our personalities and philosophies beautifully line up. Working together has been extremely beneficial both for ourselves as midwives, and for our clients. We love serving families in both Washington (where I am primary midwife) and Idaho (where Terri is state licensed).
I still dream of the day when I grow my own food and live as “old world” as possible but for now, I am enjoying the city life living near downtown Spokane and doing what I can to stay connected with nature. I am very happy to be back in my hometown and after recently traveling around the Pacific northwest visiting Seattle and Portland areas, I can honestly say how proud I am of our little Inland Empire.
Many people assume that I have children when they hear about my profession but it is not true; I am single and don’t have children. I am blessed to have found my passion early in life and I enjoy being able to dedicate my time to serving women and their growing families.
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