A Midwife on the Path

I am a Midwife.
Simple and sweet, a midwife. If you want to get technical, I happen to be a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). I have been on this path for quite some time, since 1999 to be exact. It was a long, round about trip but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I started out as a Mother, then a Nurse and now a Midwife. (In reality I am always all three.) As a nurse, I worked in a busy urban teaching hospital. I staffed the Postpartum floor, the Well Baby Nursery, the High Risk Antepartum floor, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU and the Labor & Delivery Unit. Also, during this time, I worked as a nurse in a free standing birth center. Eventually, in 2010 I earned my midwifery degree and was blessed to be hired as a midwife at the same birth center, where I worked until 2017.
After leaving my first midwifery home, I went on to design, build and open a new free standing birth center in my community. We are Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center and I could not be more proud of the team that made it possible and continue to make it a wonderful space for our families. Recently my dedication to and passion for birth centers has grown to a national level as I am serving as the President of the American Association of Birth Centers.
I believe in physiologic birth and that birth must be respected. I believe that a healthy woman, when supported and nurtured, will likely remain healthy throughout her pregnancy, labor and birth. And that she will grow a healthy baby that is designed to navigate the birth process.  For these women and babies, health is my assumption. I will closely watch and monitor their progress and intervene when necessary. I am a partner with my Mama’s, on equal footing, but I also have years of training and knowledge that I can and will utilize to help educate and guide them.
I believe that Peace on Earth Truly Does Begin With Birth.