I 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 2005. I live in Hailey, Idaho.
I have long been fascinated with all aspects of women’s healthcare, particularly the arenas of herbalism, traditional healing, and birthing. The struck me As a teenager 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 wanted to be part of the reclaiming — and the celebration of women’s ways of knowing and healing, and honoring the sage traditions that were once observed with respect and grace.
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 childbirth preparation 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. 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.