I grew up in Washington D.C and have lived in the west since I was eighteen — from New Mexico to Washington state. Hailey, Idaho is home now, where the Sagebrush Steppe meets the Central Idaho Wilderness. I am honored to serve the women and families of the wood river valley and I am proud to be one of 36 Licensed Midwives in the state of Idaho.
Education & Training
I have a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a women’s reproductive health concentration from the New College of California (2001). I graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School in 2004 (now the Bastyr University Dept. of Midwifery). I have been a Licensed (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2006. I have sixteen years experience working with women and families around pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
(2013) Midwife 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.
(2003 – 2005) Student Midwife at: Around the Circle Midwifery in Olympia WA, Siri Jackman CNM at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario OR, and Treasure Valley Midwives, Boise ID.
(2000) Doula, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA
(1998) Media Outreach Coordinator and Doula at Birthing from Within, Albuquerque NM.
Beyond maternity care, I am continually expanding my herbal and healing education and training through Aviva Romm’s certificate program in herbal health for women and the ARVIGO techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage. I also have basic training in Reiki and Cranio-sacral fascia release. I have been utilizing herbal medicine in mama and baby-baby wellness for ten years.
Current Licenses and Certifications
My commitment to safe and evidenced-based midwifery practice includes regular continuing education (CEUs) and advanced learning opportunities for midwives
North American Registry of Midwives, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
Idaho Board of Midwifery, Licensed Midwife (LM)
American Heart Association, Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR Provider
As a teenager I was attracted to community and folk herbalism and other traditional healing practices. Also, as a teenager, I experienced firsthand the overwhelming imbalance of power in the medical healthcare system between both women and men and patient and doctor; It struck me as a patriarchal and incomplete system. 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.
In the late 90s I fled the bustle of the east coast for slower and magical New Mexico where I was led to working with women in deeply intimate and awesome ways. I learned to be doula under Pam England, and also helped promote the first edition of her book “Birthing From Within.” The first birth I attended was a homebirth in the south valley of Albuquerque. 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. While the hospital I worked in was famous for it’s midwife-led maternity unit, bearing witness to the downsides of institutionalized birth for low-risk women crystalized my calling to homebirth midwifery. I dreamed of weaving art-making, counseling, and herbal medicine into a community based midwifery and women’s health practice. At Seattle Midwifery School I 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 midwifery practice is inspired by the work of midwives and traditional healers in all cultures across time, from the ancient to the cutting-edge. 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 low-brow art, yoga, permaculture, and hot springs when I have the time.
You can read more about my birth philosophy here.