|This I believe
I believe in nature's unrelenting drive to create new life. We are awash in nature's abundance. As humans, we're just "along for the ride." Women grow and birth babies--lots and lots of babies if we aren't crafty enough to brush aside this abundance with various birth control methods. We grow and birth healthy babies almost in spite of ourselves.
"Improving upon Nature" has never been humankind's strong suit. I believe that my role as a midwife is to support nature and stay out of her way, and then to support women (and their families) as they are swept along in the process. As a woman, I recognize that pregnancy, birth and the transition to motherhood (whether for the first time or the fourth) is not easy, physically or emotionally. I hope to help as much to birth a new mother (and family) as to assist in the birth of a new baby.
My first Bachelor of Science was in General Studies with a concentration in Arts & Letters plus a Dance Certificate through Portland State University in the late 1980's. My midwifery training and education was completed through apprenticeship and at Birthingway College of Midwifery, culminating in my second BS (in Midwifery) and the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential.
I was baby crazy in my late teens, biding my time until it seemed appropriate to have a baby of my own. Instead, I read and discovered midwifery. My desire to be a midwife was rooted in my own desire to give birth, but now touches every other area of my life. Our bodies, plants, the compost pile, the hens in the yard, dinner, the moon, community........they all relate to developmental biology, to birth, to children becoming parents and parents being drawn back to childhood by their children.
I am the mother of three daughters, two of whom were born at home. The differences I felt between my hospital birth and my homebirths were monumental (and I had a fine hospital birth.) Home is where I made the babies and where I would raise them. Labor, while NEVER easy, is easier in your own space. Today I spend my time sewing, tending the hens, driving kids around, building a cabin, and caring for pregnant ladies and their families.
This I believe
I believe that women hold deep within themselves a wealth of instinctive knowledge about their own bodies and the babies that they grow and birth.
As a passionate advocate for women’s ability to birth without intervention and fear, I believe in fostering an environment which allows women to have safe, spontaneous, transformative, and natural birth experiences.
I believe that midwives are truly the guardians of birth, and strive to honor the natural unfolding of the birthing process while also using time-honored hands-on skills and technology judiciously, with respect to the safety and well-being of both mother and baby.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in African Studies from the University of Vermont in 1995. After discovering and devouring a dusty copy of Spiritual Midwifery (by Ina May Gaskin) on the shelves of the bookstore where I was working, I decided that becoming a midwife was my career path.
In 1996 I became a certified doula, and have attended hundreds of births since then. After moving to Portland in 2000, I became an Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE) through ICEA. I attended Birthingway College of Midwifery and graduated with a Certificate of Midwifery, and became certified by NARM (the North American Registry of Midwives) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
I apprenticed at a birth center in Portland, attending over fifty five home and birth center births, as well as providing doula care for additional clients. I currently teach childbirth education and infant care classes through Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where I have taught since 2003.
I am the mother of 3 inspiring sons who were born at home with CPMs. In my spare time I enjoy playing in the dirt with my boys, furniture building and refinishing, and hiking in the Cascades.