Santa Rosa's Premier Birth Center
Originally from the east coast, I have recently moved to Sonoma County from western Colorado, where I attended births as a Colorado Registered Midwife for the last 10 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 kind to me after long days and nights attending birthing families. I am a midwife to the many amazing women who have the courage to give birth on their own terms. I am their protector and biggest fan. Passionate about dignified and uninterrupted birth, I believe that every woman holds within her powerful, individualized, and primal knowledge about birth. Each woman deserves the opportunity to birth in a space where she feels safe, supported, and respected, and where she can explore and discover these mysteries and welcome her child, with privacy and intimacy.
I am an apprenticeship-trained midwife, and began my midwifery education more than 17 years ago. In 1998, I began attending births as an assistant and student at Babies By the Sea Birth Center in Key West, Florida. I trained as a doula and travelled to Tennessee, to learn from Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives, through their intensive assistant training workshops. Encouraged by my mentors to seek a degree in nursing, I continued studying core academics on that path, until it became clear to me that I wanted to build deep foundations in normal birth, before continuing in any medical direction. I attended community-based midwifery study groups and volunteered my services as a doula. 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 busy birth center. In 2005, I became a NARM Certified Professional Midwife and Colorado Registered Midwife. In 2006, I completed an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training, strengthening my skills and ties in the community. In 2014, I completed the National Midwifery Institute Challenge Program and became a California Licensed Midwife. I am excited to be continuing my birth work in such a positive and supportive environment, and am thrilled by the diversity and enthusiasm of the Thrive community.
When I’m not catching babies, my passions include walking up steep hills, extreme baby-wearing, pulling weeds, making intricate artistic and culinary messes, and hosting spontaneous dance parties in the living room. I also really like my family.