My journey to midwifery began after Nursing School in New York. In 1980, became pregnant with our first child and sadly I realized I would have few choices in the way I gave birth if I chose standard OB care! That led me to a wonderful midwife. What supportive prenatal care I received. Many months later, I gave birth to my first daughter, Heather. It was amazing! I had done it, using my own birthing power! It was without intervention, and no medications. I was consumed with joy. I needed everyone to know that home birth was safe and a viable option for low risk women.
Since the early 1980s, I have attended births in many capacities,in the hospital as a nurse, as assistant to a midwife and then as a lay midwife in underground birth movement for many years of helping woman was off the radar as it was not legal in NY.Then after moving to VA in 1993, I again was needed to help woman who did not have access to home birth midwifery care. Then eventually, in 2005 licensure happened in VA for midwives. In 2006, I started back on my path, training under another wonderful midwife. I received my C.P.M. and license to practice Midwifery in Virginia in 2008. I have taken many years off serving birthing women to assist in raising and home schooling my family. My first love is my family my second love is serving women during their childbearing years.
I have gone on to have the rest of my children born with midwives into the loving arms of family and friends. I am the proud mother of 7 daughters and 1 son, ages 36 years old to 13 years old! Our last three daughters were adopted from China at the ages of 12 months, 7 years and 12 months old.Adoption is very close to my heart as not all babies in the world will ever get a family to call their own.
My oldest daughter, Heather has 2 sweet little girls Noel and Felicity, whom I have had the privilege of catching. Our second oldest daughter Molly had her first baby at home, with me on April 16, 2012 and her next baby boy in May of 2015 at home also. Our third daughter Grace had her first baby boy at home with me in March of 2015. Hannah our fourth daughter had her first baby girl at our family home in April 2016. I am very blessed.
I have been married to my husband, Brad for 39 years. We live in Marshall, Va only 3 miles from The Birth Center. We are originally from Upstate New York. We are Christians and we have been active members of Grace Bible Church in Marshall, VA for the past 21 years.
I have over 36 during years of experience in helping women in various capacities during their pregnancies and birth. As Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) licensed in Virginia, my desire is to return birth to the family. My began my journey to become a midwife, when I was a young woman. I went to Nursing School and had hoped Nurse-Midwife, but after becoming a nurse and seeing hospital birth I became disillusioned, and that lead to me reconsider my plans. In the meantime, I became pregnant and realized I would not be happy with a traditional hospital birth. I had my first daughter,Heather in 1980, with excellent Midwifery Care.
I have gone on to have the rest of my babies with midwives, and then at home,without interventions.I have also had miscarriage losses so I hopefully can be of support to woman who may go thru the similar experience.
I do believe that thru great midwifery care, we were able to realize our fullest birthing potential, and I would love the opportunity to help you have the best, safest birth possible. Birth is a rite of passage for women!
I have helped woman have twins, breeches and VBAC's. Yet, I am humbled daily by the power of birth.I have seen many births, outside of the hospital setting, but tomorrow I will see a new birth and I will respect it!
I believe that women need access to the evidence based outcomes concerning birth, and it is my desire to serve woman by giving balanced educated facts concerning their pregnancy and birth choices!