Like many young moms, when I found myself pregnant at 22 I made an appointment with a local OBGYN practice and I obediently participated in all routine protocols. This included childbirth education classes at the hospital. Providentially, my teacher was an AMAZING doula who taught me about physiological, natural childbirth. This is when my passion for childbirth began.
In 2000 my son was born. It was a vacuum assisted delivery in hospital with many interventions and medications. While initially I felt empowered that I had a vaginal birth, as time went on I sunk into a deep depression and the early days/weeks/months as a new mom were very hard. I realized that during the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period my needs were not respected and my maternal instincts were ignored.
I started attending hospital births as a labor doula in 2001 and was very active in my local birth community in Colorado for several years.
In 2004, I trained to be a midwife’s assistant. I was bitten by the midwifery bug and have attended home births almost exclusively ever since. Once I began witnessing the peacefulness and beauty of homebirth, it became very frustrating to assist families attempting “natural births” in the hospital. Particularly low-risk moms.
In 2005, I birthed my nine and a half pound daughter at home with a midwife. This was an amazing moment in my life and showed me how wonderful birth can be when it is allowed to unfold naturally. It was such a different experience from my first birth and really pushed me to further pursue midwifery.
In 2006 my family and I moved from our native Colorado home to Spokane to be near my family in north Idaho. My husband began teaching music at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy and our son started kindergarten. I enjoyed several years of being active in the local home birth community as an assistant to a couple midwives and a doula, while being home with my daughter.
In 2010, I spent five weeks as an intern midwife at a high volume clinic in the Philippines (the same one Annabelle became a full time student at, one year later). After returning from my internship, I completed my clinical training at Spokane Midwives birth center in Spokane.
August 2011, I passed the national board exam for North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to earn the title of certified professional midwife (CPM). (Recertified in 2014.)
December of 2011, I became the 42nd licensed midwife in the state of Idaho and began my solo homebirth practice, formally known as Faith & Fruition.
October of 2014, I partnered with Washington midwife, Annabelle. We rebranded as Spokane River Midwives and began attending homebirths together.
As of October 2015 I have attended over 350 births, over 100 as a primary midwife.
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