I have been attending births in homes, birth centers and hospitals in the western US and abroad for about fourteen years. Since 2004 I have been a Licensed (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). I live in Bozeman, Montana.
The first birth I attended was a homebirth in New Mexico. The house was dark and calm. Monica 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 Monica’s house that night 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.
In the late 90s I worked with Pam England in the promotion of her book “Birthing From Within.” Under Pam’s intuitive and gentle guidance I decided to pursue formal midwifery education, hoping to weave aspects of art-making and counseling into a future midwifery practice.
I completed my undergraduate degree in art therapy and women’s health in San Francisco and graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School in 2004. 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.
I truly love my work, and I am extremely proud to be part of the vibrant community of midwives in Bozeman. In addition to my work as a midwife, I have been working with plant medicines for about 15 years and am a life-long student of herbs and Ayurveda. I particularly enjoy working with children and families trying to heal 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.