CNM, MS, E-RYT, PRYT
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ~ UT Austin ~ 1993
RNC ~ Maternal Newborn Nursing ~ 1996
CCRN ~ Neonatal (NICU) Nursing ~ 1998
Certified Yoga Instructor (Vinyasa/Prenatal) ~ 2000 ~ present
Master of Science ~ Midwifery/CNM ~ UMD ~ 2003
AAP/AHA Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor & Mentor - present
Midwifery first touched my life in 1992 when observing a home birth practice as part of my women's health course in nursing school. I was inspired by the sense of community that the midwives fostered for the mothers and families they cared for. Women and their role as mothers were honored. It was at that time that I realized I would be on a long journey to help our society to understand that the experience of birth and motherhood warrants special attention.
My professional journey began as a nurse in a hospital setting including Med-Surg, Maternal Newborn/Labor & Delivery, neonatal and adult ICU. Although thankful for all the education and experience I gained in these areas, I yearned to provide care to women in a more holistic environment. I found that environment in 1998 at Special Beginnings Birth Center in Arnold, MD. It was during 1998-2003, as a nurse and student midwife ~ mentored by an amazing team of midwives ~ that my love of midwifery blossomed. The birth experiences of my own three children ~ in 3 different settings including the hospital, birth center, and home also enriched my desire to continue my journey with midwifery.
Mothering and midwifery are my passions and I am blessed to care for the women and families that I serve. I will always remain a lifelong learner so that the information provided to my clients for their decision-making is an up-to-date review of current practice. I am committed to finding new ways to enhance rather than undermine women's experiences during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I believe as women in a culture that often undermines ~ perhaps even unconsciously ~ our beliefs and values, it is vitally important that we wholeheartedly support each other. We should be encouraging ~ not competing with ~ each other in our choices as women and mothers.
I would love the opportunity to guide you on this journey of discovery.
My hope for you is that you will find, as I am continually REMINDED, the power to prepare well for your birth journey,
nurture your baby, and become the mother you envision lies within yourself.
Love the color purple and all things related to the moon...obviously
Have an uncanny and frequently quoted talent for mixing metaphors
Am obsessed with teatime ~ should have been British
Joined the Navy at 18 y.o. with hopes to become Charlie (Kelly McGillis) from Top Gun (I later realized her character wasn't actually in the Navy..small detail)
Followed that up with a Jane Fonda phase to include teaching & competing in aerobics with leg warmers, & yes...thongs on the outside of my shiny tights
Love to cook, hike, garden, and read ~ mostly midwifery texts & research, Paulo Coelho and Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Realize the importance of filling my cup in order to be of service to others through exercise, yoga, whole foods, and periods of creative bliss and solitude
Spend most of my time between feeling blessed or overwhelmed with balancing all of my loves with my greatest loves: a wonderful husband of 31 years and three children that I absolutely adore