about me

DSC_0247-1I have been attending births in homes and birth centers in the western US for about fourteen years and have been a Licensed (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2006.  I live in Hailey, Idaho — where the Sagebrush Steppe meets the Central Idaho Wilderness.  I serve the surrounding Wood River Valley community from Shoshone to Ketchum.  I am one of 36 Licensed Midwives in the state of Idaho.

Training

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2005, Licensed Midwife (LM) since 2006.

2013 Worked at the Bozeman Birth Center in Bozeman, MT.

2009-2010 Private practice, Jacona NM

2007  Worked at GentleBirth Midwifery at the Art of Birthing Center, Albuquerque NM

2004 – 2005 Student Midwife and Assistant Midwife with Treasure Valley Midwives, Boise, ID.

2004 Internship with Siri Jackman CNM at Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario OR

2003 Student Midwife at Around the Circle Midwifery, Olympia WA

1998 Doula at Birthing from Within, Albuquerque NM

Sixteen years experience working with women and families around pregnancy, birth and early parenting

Education

I am a 2005 graduate of the Seattle Midwifery School’s three year midwifery program (Now the Bastyr University Dept. of Midwifery).  I received a bachelor’s degree in women’s health and art therapy from the New College of California in 2001. My commitment to safe and evidenced-based midwifery practice includes regular continuing education (CEUs) and advanced learning opportunities for midwives.

Related Work

I have basic training in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage, reiki, and cranio-sacral fascia release. I am a current student in the Herbal Medicine for Women program with Aviva Romm MD.  I have been utilizing herbal medicine in mama and baby wellness for fifteen years.

Current Licenses and Certifications

North American Registry of Midwives, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

Idaho Board of Midwifery, Licensed Midwife (LM)

American Heart Association, Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR Provider

 

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Biography
My entry into midwifery and women’s health was preceded by an interest herbalism and traditional healing practices as a teenager.  As a young woman, I experienced firsthand the overwhelming imbalance of power in women’s healthcare within the conventional medical system; It struck me as insensitive and arrogant.  As I moved into my twenties I was fortunate to live in communities where women herbalists, homeopaths, and midwives were abundant.  These women were reclaiming autonomy and knowledge over their own healthcare and their own bodies.  I knew I had a lot to learn, and that I wanted to be part of the reclaiming: the celebrating honoring, and rebirth of women’s ways of knowing and healing.

I left the east coast for New Mexico In the late 90s, where I was led to begin birth work as a Doula with Pam England, and also to help promote the first edition of her new book “Birthing From Within.”  The first birth I attended was a homebirth in New Mexico.  The house was dark and calm.  The mother squatted beside her bed, softly illuminated by candle light. She reached down and gathered up a tiny little baby girl into her arms, pressing her close against her chest.  Her midwives were poised next to her, quietly watching.  This birth was my initiation into the dignity and power of woman-centered birth at home.  When I left that house at midnight I found a glowing harvest moon anchoring the sky above.  I felt my feet planted at the beginning of a long and beautiful journey with women, babies, and birth.

I continued birth work in San Francisco as a hospital doula and manager of the city’s first pregnancy, birth, and parenting resource center.  In bearing witness to the downsides of institutionalized birth for low-risk women my calling to homebirth midwifery became undeniable.  I dreamed of weaving art-making, counseling, and herbal medicine into a community based midwifery and women’s health practice.

While in midwifery school I have apprenticed with all manner of midwives, from self-taught to European trained, in various clinical settings – home, birth center, and hospital, both in the US and abroad.  My practice is inspired by the work of midwives in all cultures across time.  I truly love my work, and I am extremely proud to be part of the vibrant community of midwives in Idaho.

In addition to my work as a midwife, I have a passion for plant medicine.  I am a life-long student of botanical medicine, herbs, and Ayurveda.  I particularly enjoy working with parents and children healing from food allergies, digestive problems, autism spectrum disorders and related health challenges. Some of my other interests include taking photographs, low-brow art, yoga, permaculture, and slipping into hot springs when I have the time.

You can read more about my birth philosophy here.