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700 Babies
700 Babies, born in the water, welcomed in the hospital, born on the land, welcomed in the community setting. Rooted in the soil Reaching through the milky stars A midwife stands guard The soul cracks and grows The water swirls and supports The eyes glow with grace Strong hands open […]

700 Babies


Drills for Community Birth
I have been a birth center midwife for well over a decade. During this time, I have developed a passion for leading and creating drills for community birth. It takes time, dedication and patience to organize these drills but they are critical to providing safe care to our families. In […]

Drills for Community Birth: Safety First


Blood Loss with Waterbirth 2
Birth is a dynamic, physiologic process that involves many moving parts. There is the birthing person: their pelvis, the uterus, their nourishment status, their health history and emotional status, to name just a few. Then there is the baby: their size, position and development, their health status and gestational age. […]

Blood Loss with Waterbirth



the membranes
To me, the amniotic membranes are an amazing and beautiful thing. They embody the concept of strength in flexibility. Being so incredibly thin and yet such a tough defender of the babe. Keeping the baby tucked inside; encompassing the salty, warm, nurturing environment of the womb. When I do vaginal […]

The Membranes


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Do I trust birth? Well, for me, the short answer is an unequivocal “No!” This may be shocking to hear from a dedicated community birth midwife. In the “natural birth” world, this can be bold statement that “asks” for attack or derision. However, I do absolutely respect birth! The conversation […]

Do I Trust Birth?


Midwifery book bomb
Of course, 2020 was a tumultuous year. For me, there was one silver lining; I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing a book. Over the course of a couple months, in coffee shops, in my home and wherever I happened to be, I hunkered down and poured part […]

Midwifery Book Bomb



Between the Worlds 1
Being a midwife means standing on the threshold between the worlds. Guarding and guiding both the incoming baby and the birthing person in their work. For me, this space is sacred and every family is a blessing. The work of midwifery can be hard but it is also rewarding. In […]

Between The Worlds


Plus Mommy Podcast
Here is a little personal tidbit about me, I love podcasts! All kinds of podcasts; true crime, political, comedy, historical, fiction, non-fiction and of course pregnancy, birth, postpartum and perinatal related ones. I listen to podcasts in the car, while exercising, while doing embroidery and even while in bed before […]

Plus Mommy Podcast Interview


On the Threshold of the Crone 2
Maiden. Mother. Crone. In this moment, I sit On the Threshold of the Crone. I am no longer a Maiden, that proverbial ship sailed many years ago. I am not yet a Crone, but I hear the song deep in my cells, pulling on the tides of my plasma. My […]

On the Threshold of the Crone



500 Families 9
Close to 10 years and over 500 Families Later, I sit in this moment to reflect on the lessons I have learned. As is my tradition with every one hundred births, I will share my personal outcome statistics here as well. But more than that, more than numbers on a […]

500 Families Later