My interest in midwifery began after giving birth to two of my children at home with a CPM (my 3rd baby was born at home in July 2016!). This interest intensified throughout my training and education as a midwife, and has become a strong passion. I am a Certified Professional Midwife, which differs from a Certified Nurse Midwife who would have gotten her education and training in a hospital setting. CPMs focus on out-of-hospital birth, and thus most of their training is completed in a homebirth or birth center setting. I attended Via Vita School of Midwifery, a distance education program, for the academic portion of my education and completed an apprenticeship at Born to Be Loved Birth Services for the hands-on training, as well as an internship at Shiphrah Birthing Home in the Philippines.
As the years have passed, I have only become more passionate about birth and the mothers and babies we get to serve daily. It involves many a sleepless, difficult night which is compounded by the fact that my own children are still young– but in the end, the incredible joy of watching women blossom into the beautiful mothers they are makes it worth all the trouble again and again.
I have always felt respected, listened to, and cared for by Rebecca when it came to my pregnancies and labor and deliveries. I can’t recommend her enough and am completely thrilled and happy with my experience and care.
I am committed to serving families of all backgrounds and of all incomes, and strive to make midwifery care more available to women.
In choosing homebirth you have both a higher level of responsibility and control in your care. Throughout your care, I am committed to fully informing you of your status and options, discussing the pros and cons of each option, and making an individualized care plan with you.
Because I believe God created pregnancy and birth as sacred, fundamentally normal, physiological processes, I also believe that, in most cases, women have the ability to give birth without the need for medical interventions. Although I use and appreciate some modern obstetrical technology when it is desired or called for, I believe overuse of this technology can interfere with a woman’s experience of birth as joyous and empowering, and may actually prevent birth from proceeding normally. My focus is on promoting your physical and emotional well-being during your pregnancy and helping to prepare you for the upcoming transition into parenthood.
I view the childbearing period as a healthy time that provides an opportunity to grow personally and as a family. I offer you preventative and individualized care, autonomy, control, privacy, and our focused attention. Repeated studies have shown that for women with low-risk pregnancies, out-of-hospital birth is as safe as hospital birth. In addition, hospital births carry some risks seldom associated with homebirth or birth centers.
Homebirth and Birth Center
I am a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives.
Via Vita School of Midwifery
I received my academic training through Via Vita School of Midwifery, which is a long-distance education program. There are currently no local schools offering midwifery education to prospective Certified Professional Midwives.
CPR and NRP Certified
I keep my CPR for Healthcare Providers and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications current at all times. I most recently re-certified for both in October 2017.