I am a Licensed Midwife of California and a Nationally Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) specializing in home birth. My first child was born in 1993, and as a young single mother, I was deeply inspired by a midwife I met. I began to volunteer at The Seattle Midwifery School in 1995 where I quickly fell in love with the families, politics, work, and rewards of being a midwife. I volunteered as a doula in a large downtown Seattle hospital. I soon moved toward out of hospital birth and ‘caught’ my first baby in 1998. I built my skills through many certifications, apprenticeships and years of being involved with birth.
I met my husband in 1995 and we had had four more children, all born at home. We also helped raise my nephew and two nieces. Raising eight amazing and unique children has taught me so much about the needs, desires, fears, challenges, and joys of parenting. I am blessed to receive so much support, patience and encouragement from my family.
In 2008, I moved to Mendocino County from a small island in the Puget Sound where I lived and trained as a rural midwife. Since then, I have continued my academic studies and have worked with several local midwives. After attending several hundred families I can truly say that this is my calling and I am blessed to have found such a wonderfully rewarding profession.
Personalizing your care is the cornerstone of what I provide as a midwife. By listening to your needs and desires, we can work together to create a truly unique experience during this transformative process. I am dedicated to ensuring you are provided with all of the education you need to be fully informed and confident in your decision-making. I enjoy empowering women and their families through every phase of their care. Throughout prenatal care, birth, and the postpartum period I will advocate for you and your family. And of course, I love the babies!
In addition to home birth and water birth at home, I offer well-woman care, breastfeeding support, fertility awareness training, infertility assistance, pre-conception counseling, and parenting education. I accept insurance and have many private payment options. I provide in-home or in-office visits and I am comfortable with very rural areas of service. I welcome clients of all ages, orientations, beliefs and family dynamics.
Call me when you’re ready for a complimentary, in-person consultation. I look forward to meeting you and helping you welcome this wonderful new baby into your life!