I strive to provide my clients with compassionate, respectful, evidence-based care. Being a mother myself, I know how influential my birth experiences and the people who supported me through them have been on me as a mother, a woman, and a midwife. I absolutely adore babies and feel that they should be treated as conscious beings from the time I first encounter them (in the womb) until I lay my hands (and stethoscope, etc.) on them. I am grateful to be able to do what I love and to be witness to loving families who all have something to teach me. I choose to practice as a solo midwife because I so value the opportunity to really get to know my clients and offer them the level of continuity of care that I so appreciated as a recipient of midwifery care.
And a bio . . .
I moved to Bellingham in 1996 in pursuit of an education, and fell in love with the place - both geographically and for the community. I studied early childhood education, human development, women's literature, and psychology and graduated from Western Washington University in 2002. I blossomed as a doula and childbirth educator after taking courses at Seattle Midwifery School in 2003.
After giving birth to three children, each very differently, and always with the support of my caring midwife, I embraced the call to midwifery and enrolled in midwifery school in 2008.
After nearly four years of schooling including interning with local midwives for two years, I volunteered at a maternity hospital in Vanuatu, a developing nation in the South Pacific. I received my midwifery license from the WA state Department of Health in July of 2012. I've since enjoyed serving Salish Sea Midwifery families in my home-like office, at the Bellingham Birth Center, and in the homes of the families I serve.
To me, midwifery is both a profession and a calling which allows me to truly care for pregnant and birthing women, nurture and respect newborns, integrate fathers and loved ones, and embrace the life-altering process that the giving of new life is. Midwifery truly is an art and a science - a place where evidence-based care combines with ancient wisdom, compassion, and respect for the fact that we are each individuals who have different needs and desires.
I love to read, explore nature, enjoy great music, and learn and play with my three children and beloved friends and family.