At the age of eight, I was a child dancing around my mother’s kitchen, asking her how I could “help Mommies have babies.” Forty years later, I’m living my childhood ambition in the role of a Certified Professional Midwife, specializing in helping families achieve normal, natural birth in the comfort and safety of their homes.
My own four children, Jessica, born 1989, Carolyn, born 1991, Annelise, born 1994, and Marielle, born 2002, have given me a broad and confident perspective on the experience of childbearing. Jessica was born in a hospital where we had a conventional vaginal delivery. Carly was born at home with the assistance of a midwife. Annie was to have been born at home, but we had a complication during labor and had to transfer to a hospital where we had a cesarean birth. Ellie was born at home in a birth pool, with all her sisters in attendance. All were breastfed exclusively and extendedly. I was able to be stay-at-home mother throughout much of their childhoods and learned a tremendous amount about natural mothering as well as child development.
I have been prepared for licensure as a midwife through a combination of didactic and practical education, as well as apprenticeships with senior midwives. Following four and half years in internship, I completed all requirements for certification with the North American Registry of Midwives, having exceeded minimum requirements for number of clinical hours in practice and successfully passed the NARM board exam. Following that, I was licensed by the state of Colorado and renew my license annually. I also continue to attend numerous workshops and conferences to further my knowledge and skills. I am involved with organizations such as the CMA (Colorado Midwives Association), NCDA (Northern Colorado Doulas Association, LLLI (La Leche League International), MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America), and NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). I maintain certifications as a Neonatal Resuscitation Provider, CPR (HCP) Administrator, and Lactation Counselor. I subscribe to several midwifery, childbirth education, and lactation journals and continue to increase my knowledge through study groups, workshops, seminars, college courses, online continuing education courses, and regular sessions of peer review.
I am also educated in Animal Science and find that this background informs much of my philosophy around birth. Just as many other mammals do, our transitional physiologic experiences seem to work best when we have privacy, a sense of safety and control in our environment, and the support of our beloved companions. In these circumstances, our hormones work best for us and the most likely outcome is the one nature intended. The natural progression of birth leads to breastfeeding and a strong maternal and infant bond of attachment. Human babies are born to be exclusively dependent on their mothers and homebirth supports this exceptionally well.
As your midwife, I will support you in having whatever birth experience you desire within reasonable safety guidelines. I expect us to work together to provide you with that experience. I want you to tell me in advance of any special desires you have for your birth so I can try to see those wishes fulfilled. I will support you to give birth in whatever position you wish and to any degree of family involvement you desire. Aside from the necessary evaluations that need to be made to protect the health of you and your baby, my involvement, as well as the setting and who is present, are yours to determine.
On the other hand, I believe that my experience and training can be very valuable to you during your birth. I see my role as an educator and advisor, while maintaining a watchful eye that all is progressing optimally. I will tell you what I have seen work best in the past and then assist you to make your own decisions. In the event that I felt some course of action to be essential and you disagree, I would respect your decision but may ask you to sign a release form for my protection. There are certain protocols and procedures that I may be required to follow by the state, and we will discuss these, but the ultimate decision is always yours.
I believe that birth is a very intimate event in a couple’s life. You should be able to experience giving birth with pride and dignity. It should not be managed and manipulated by others. Rather, you can be protected and supported to allow your own instincts to aid you. I will do whatever I can to see that your baby’s birth is gentle and joyful for all present.
If you would like to sit down and visit, with plenty of opportunity to ask your questions and get to know one another, please call me at 970-214-1457