I have been attending births since 2015. First in Colorado, rural Maine, the Philippines and here in the central coast of California. In 2019, I graduated from a 4 year program at Birthwise Midwifery School, became certified by the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed by the Medical Board of California. I am certified in CPR, NRP, and regularly attend continuing education courses and community peer review. I have attended around 200 births. I study under Aviva Romm in her Herbal Medicine for Women course and am currently enrolled in Mercy in Action's Advanced Diploma of International Midwifery and Maternal-Child Health.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and later on attended an outdoor leadership school in Austria. I was often exposed to and impressed by the innate will power of humans. I was fascinated by the transformation that would take place in front of me when people were given supported and safe opportunities to tap into their own power. Something about the surrender and push and reaching beyond what seemed possible for both mind and body was transforming how people viewed themselves and the world.
In 2015, I applied to both midwifery school (after only attending one hospital birth in 2010) and to a job taking people on mountaineering experiences. It was a hard decision, but off I went to Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine. It only took a few months before I was confronted with how similar my experience with attending births was to summiting mountains. During my training, I had the privilege of witnessing women be listened to, respected, and supported to tap into their own power, to go beyond what they thought was possible to bring their babies earth-side. I witnessed the same exact transformations. The birth experience is the foundation and framework of how women transition into motherhood. In striving to protect the transformative power of birth, my goal is to provide care that is client-centered, based on shared decision making, autonomy, confidentiality, and integrity.
Currently, I am more of a homebody than ever with a container garden and beehives. I'm still in the business of meeting people where they are and working together to create grounded and respectful environments to have deeply expansive experiences. When people ask how I became interested in midwifery, however, I do like to say "by climbing mountains".