In 2000 my son was born in a vacuum assisted delivery. His birth caused me to feel disempowered, disrespected, and that my maternal instincts were ignored. Fortunately, the teacher of my hospital childbirth prep class was an AMAZING doula/nurse in Denver. SHE was empowering and first lit the spark that started my whole journey.
Largely due to her influence, I started attending hospital births as a labor doula in 2001. 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. I worked as a birth assistant for various local midwives in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane from 2006-2010.
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 2010, I spent four weeks in the Philippines doing an internship at Mercy Maternity Clinic, where they deliver about 150 babies per month. It was a life changing trip for me, as I had never seen poverty like that nor had I previously been to a third world country. When I returned from my internship, I completed my clinical training and apprenticeship. As of January 2011 I have attended over 200 births and 60 of those I served as the primary midwife. The apprenticeship route to learn the art of midwifery has given me valuable perspective on normal, physiological births, and also how to manage complications. I took the NARM board exams in August of 2011, thus earning me my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife). In December of 2011, I was thrilled to become the 42nd licensed midwife in the state of Idaho.
My family and I moved from our native Colorado to the Spokane Valley in 2006. We love living near our extended family in north Idaho. My husband Kent is the music director at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy where both of our children attend school. This is a real blessing for our family, because it allows me to leave for births without concern about the children’s whereabouts.