Originally from the east coast, my family moved to Sonoma County from western Colorado in 2014. I attended home births as a Colorado Registered Midwife for 10 years and have been catching babies at Thrive for 5 years. I am the mother of two wonderful children, a son and a daughter, who are my greatest teachers. I am the wife of a loving and patient husband, who is especially good to me after long days and nights attending birthing families. I am a midwife to amazingly strong women who have the courage to birth on their own terms. I am their protector and biggest fan. Passionate about uninterrupted birth, I believe that every woman holds powerful and personal knowledge about birth within her. Each birthing person deserves the opportunity to give birth in a space where she feels safe and respected, and where they can explore and discover the mysteries of birth. We all have a right to welcome our babies to life with privacy, intimacy, and power.
I am an apprenticeship-trained midwife, and began my midwifery education more than 17 years ago. I began by attending births as an assistant and student in Key West, Florida. I trained as a doula and travelled to Tennessee, to learn from Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives. I have completed college-level core academics and pre-nursing studies. I began my homebirth apprenticeship in Western Colorado in 2003. In 2004, I travelled to El Paso Texas, where I continued to work under supervision at a birth center. In 2005, I became a NARM Certified Professional Midwife and Colorado Registered Midwife. In 2006, I completed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training, strengthening my transport skills and ties in my community. In 2014, I completed the National Midwifery Institute Challenge Program and became a California Licensed Midwife. I am honored to be serving my community in such a meaningful and important way. I am humbled by the love, strength, loyalty and resiliency of the Thrive community.
When I’m not catching babies, my passions include exploring nature, dancing, and swimming in the ocean.